The new 20mph speed limits deployed across Wales do not make drivers slow down, the Transport Secretary has claimed – as disgruntled drivers stage a go-slow motorway protest against the restrictions along the M4.
Mark Harper said the blanket 20mph speed limits for restricted roads deployed by the Labour-run Welsh government make ‘life harder for motorists’ and are ‘incredibly unpopular’ with the public.
Mr Harper said it was ‘not sensible to have a blanket policy’ like the decision in Wales.
The clampdown has seen Wales become the first country in the UK to reduce speed limits down from 30mph in built-up residential areas with a view to saving lives and cutting costs for the NHS.
But many have protested the rollout, staging several demonstrations already this week, before hitting the road this morning as part of a convoy protest driving at 30mph down the M4 from Magor Services near Newport to Swansea.