P-06-1340 Stop the change of speed limits to 20mph on 17th September

Under consideration


This petition was submitted by Benjamin James Watkins, having collected a total of 21,920 signatures.


Text of Petition:                    

This decision is not representative of the broader public opinion and as such, it is not democratic to implement the changes. An alteration to road laws on this scale should be subject to much more extensive polling or possibly as part of a Welsh referendum on the matter.


Additional Information:

The use of speed bumps and 20mph zones in built-up areas and near schools is a generally accepted practice for the safety of children and adults. The widening of these measures could lead to an increase in "road rage" incidents and currently appears to be nothing more than a revenue stream for people to pay fines when they are caught speeding (when they are traveling at a safe speed).


I am yet to see an opinion supporting the changes, I have asked multiple people locally and read the comments left by many people online. It was the negative response to the changes that prompted the creation of this petition.


The new speed changes will disproportionately affect the commute times of people traveling by road for work, especially in areas where most roads are currently 30mph and have no bypass roads with higher speed limits.


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Senedd Constituency and Region

  • Rhondda
  • South Wales Central


Further information


Business type: Petition

Reason considered: Senedd Business;

First published: 25/05/2023