Driving for business in Wales
Whatever vehicles your drivers are using, getting to 30mph requires more than twice as much energy as getting to 20mph. Evidence suggests that as a result of smoother driving styles, reducing braking and acceleration, improved traffic flow, and possible reductions in fuel consumption, 20mph produces less air pollution than 30mph.
The existing 30mph speed limits for residential areas were set before World War II, when there were far fewer cars on the roads and speed limits were set without the wealth of research and data that now exists. Research indicates that the majority of drivers observe speed limits on residential streets, with findings from speed monitoring work in one of the pilot 20mph schemes in Wales showing that only around 6% of drivers required enforcement action to be taken against them, in the form of advice, a speed education course or other action.
Under the new 20mph legislation, local councils are able to use their local knowledge to retain a 30mph limit where there is a case for doing so. These 30mph roads will be marked by signs in the same way that variations from the current default speed limit are used.
You can find out more information about 20mph on the Welsh Government website, so that you can prepare your drivers for this change in good time.
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