People in Wales have revolted after new 20mph speed limits have been introduced in some zones.
Furious locals have destroyed signs after Wales’s new rules came into force today. Signs have been painted over and lorry drivers have also vowed to show their opposition by driving at 19mph.
The clampdown has seen Wales become the first country in the UK where speed limits have been reduced from 30mph to 20mph in built-up residential areas.
The new rule is hoped to save lives and cut costs for the NHS.
But it has also faced political backlash, with the Conservatives labelling the Labour-run clampdown as “ludicrous” having accused the authority of an “anti-worker, anti-road and anti-motorist agenda”.
Signs have been vandalised in retalitation to the new rules, with some motorists claiming to feel “scared” to drive amid the threat of penalties and confusion.
Around 7,700 miles of urban and village roads have been changed from 30mph to 20mph at midnight, with 30,000 road signs altered at a cost of £32million.
Some drivers have been left confused after some of the new 20mph signs failed to be installed in some areas.
Ministers have said motorists caught driving over the 20mph limit, but under speeds of 30mph, will initially be given advice by police instead of being given tickets.
Lee Waters, deputy minister for climate change, told the PA news agency: “Very much the intention initially is to educate and to speak to people and not to fine but over 30mph we will be fining and issuing points.”
The Labour-run Welsh government instead claims its £33million clampdown will save lives and cut NHS costs by £92million a year.
Andrew RT Davies, the leader of the Conservatives in the Senedd, said: “Whilst I agree that 20mph is sensible outside heavily pedestrianised areas, such as schools, hospitals and care homes, the Labour Government’s blanket 20mph speed limit rollout across Wales is simply ludicrous.”
Natasha Asghar, the Welsh Conservative shadow transport minister, added: “Labour and Plaid Cymru have refused to listen to public opinion and are continuing to wage their anti-worker, anti-road and anti-motorist agenda.”