Motorists exceeding the 50mph speed limits on some of the most polluted roads in Wales could soon receive a letter or fine through their doors.
The decision to introduce environmental speed limits to improve air quality levels in five locations across Wales in 2018 was the first of its kind in the UK, which the Welsh Government says demonstrates its commitment of putting the environment at the heart of everything it does.
The government says the schemes have already been successful in significantly lowering the levels of nitrogen dioxide in affected areas by up to 47%, “helping to protect people from serious illness as well as playing a part in tackling the climate emergency”.
From Monday 4 October average speed cameras provided by Jenoptik will be used to enforce these limits.
“We’ve made significant progress in bringing emissions levels down in recent years, but we now have to go further and faster,” said Deputy Minister for Climate Change, Lee Waters, who has a responsibility for Transport. “We know that slower speed limits are not a popular choice, but we need to do things differently and be bold if we are to stand a chance of tackling climate change. It’s clear that the speed restrictions we’ve introduced on our most polluted roads are working – the results speak for themselves – but compliance with these limits is essential if we are to achieve the reductions we need to make in the shortest possible time.vvWe need to act now to make Wales a safe place to live with clean air for everyone.”
“The implementation of the 50mph speed limits, for environmental reasons, on some of Wales’s busiest roads is an important issue to tackle pollution and to give Wales and its communities a cleaner and healthier future,” added South Wales Police, Roads Policing Lead for Wales, Assistant Chief Constable, Mark Travis. “All four Welsh Forces are supporting its implementation, with the enforcement of these speed limits approached in a consistent, proportionate and transparent manner.”
“Driving at the posted speed limit has benefits for safety, but it can also improve our lives in other ways,” commented GoSafe Partnership Manager Teresa Ciano. “By supporting the Welsh Government’s ambition to improve air quality for Wales, we know our roads will be safer too. By implementing a first of its kind advisory letter programme, we will be able to inform people of the importance of complying with the speed limit at these locations, whilst still prosecuting the most dangerous drivers.”
(Picture – Jenoptik)