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GoSafe - 20mph

  

GoSafe and Welsh police forces support the new national 20mph speed limit. Along with other partners such as Welsh Fire and Rescue Services, Local Authorities, and Community Speed Watch groups, we are using an engagement focused approach to 20mph. The priority is to inform the public.

On Monday, 8th January 2024, ‘Operation Ugain’ was launched to deliver roadside engagement across Wales.

Engagement sessions have been conducted by GoSafe, Welsh Fire and Rescue Services, Local Authorities and Welsh Police Forces prior to the launch of Operation Ugain. These dedicated teams will allow for an increase in engagement activity.

More information on Operation Ugain can be found at: Operation Ugain

For new 20mph areas that were previously 30mph, Chief Constables are still reviewing the data. Any decision to enforce these areas will be made at the discretion of a Chief Constable and will be communicated in advance through official sources.

20mph Offence Data

   

Enforcement in 20mph areas started to be reintroduced at the beginning of November 2023. This was in existing 20mph enforcement locations that weren’t affected by the legislation change and had the correct signage in place.

GoSafe temporarily suspended 20mph enforcement in September 2023 following the legislation change. The decision was made for several reasons. This included allowing people time to adjust to the change, to allow Highways authorities to adjust road signage and Traffic Regulation Orders (TRO), and due to roadside engagement sessions being prioritised.

Roadside engagement sessions have continued to be run by GoSafe, Welsh Fire and Rescue Services, and other partners, to help drivers adjust the change. These sessions will continue throughout 2024 with dedicated teams working under GoSafe to deliver them under the name ‘Operation Ugain’.

During the suspension of 20mph enforcement, GoSafe’s enforcement officers have been working in higher speed limit areas to ensure they’re still helping to reduce casualties on all our roads.

 

Mid & South Wales offence data - 20mph

  Sept Oct Nov Dec Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug
Total offences 0 0 95 119 134              
Average offence speed N/A N/A 28.3 27.9 28.3              
Highest Offence Speed N/A N/A 37 37 39              

 

North Wales offence data - 20mph

  Sept Oct Nov Dec Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug
Total offences 0 0 0 0 0              
Average offence speed N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A              
Highest offence Speed N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A              

 

FAQs

Enforcement in existing 20mph areas started to be reintroduced at the beginning of November. This was only in 20mph enforcement locations that weren’t affected by the legislation change and had the correct signage in place.

GoSafe temporarily suspended 20mph enforcement in September 2023 following the legislation change. The decision was made for several reasons. This included allowing people time to adjust to the change, to allow Highways authorities to adjust road signage and Traffic Regulation Orders (TRO), and due to roadside engagement sessions being prioritised.

For new 20mph areas that were previously 30mph, Chief Constables are still reviewing the data. Any decision to enforce these areas will be made at the discretion of a Chief Constable and will be communicated in advance through official sources. These sources include:

  • GoSafe's Website
  • Official police (Wales) or GoSafe social media channels and
  • The four Welsh police force websites or press teams

Fixed camera schemes can be adjusted if there is a change in the speed limit. We are working closely with local authorities to monitor and assess these areas across Wales and will ensure that any adjustments are made where required to enforce the new speed limit.

Fixed cameras are installed where the collision risk is highest, and enforcement will occur where there is evidence of low compliance with the new limit.

Following the re-introduction of wider enforcement in 20mph areas, new speeding concerns reported to GoSafe will consider Operation Ugain as an alternative to enforcement. In areas that aren’t suitable for Operation Ugain, alternative GoSafe operations will be considered, such as Community Speed Watch or referral to partner agencies such as Highways Authorities.

Operation Ugain uses speed monitoring equipment to identify people travelling over the speed limit, before police officers stop the vehicle and give the driver a choice between roadside engagement or points and a fine. While drivers will be offered the free engagement as an alternative, they can refuse, which will then result in prosecution.

For those exceeding the speed limit to a greater degree, they will not be eligible for an engagement session and will be prosecuted.

No. There has been no change in the amount of enforcement we provide. There will be an increase in roadside engagement, as we work closely with our partners across Wales to engage with communities following the legislative change.

GoSafe apply the NPCC guidelines which outline the enforcement thresholds of not less than 10% plus 2mph.  While the public get used to the change in default limit, Chief Police Officers have allowed us to increase this to 10% plus 4mph in 20mph only, meaning we start to prosecute at 26mph in a 20mph limit.

No. GoSafe's casualty reduction officers complete multiple checks, including checking road signage, before starting enforcement. If the road signage is not appropriate, they will not enforce.

You can use the contact forms on our website to get in touch with the GoSafe team in your area.

The installation of speed calming measures, such as speed bumps, signage, or fixed cameras, falls under the remit of the local authority. We would kindly ask that you get in touch with your local authority for any request regarding these measures.

If you have witnessed dangerous or careless driving, you can submit photos and footage to Operation Snap on our website.

GoSafe enforce in the right place, at the right time, for the right reason. Enforcement locations are chosen based on collision data and safety concerns at each location. The legislative change applies to most 30mph roads across Wales.

Along with other partners such as Welsh Fire and Rescue Services, Local Authorities and Community Speed Watch groups, we are engaging with motorists and communities, to ensure the new speed limit is respected. Of course, we will continue to enforce, and run engagement sessions outside of schools.

No. Safety cameras are used to improve road safety, not for profit. All fine revenue is passed to His Majesty’s Treasury and is not used by GoSafe or local authorities. There is no incentive to enforce where we will detect a high number of offences.  Our most successful sites are where we detect no offences, because it means that there is the greatest amount of compliance, and therefore where roads are safer.

Speed limits in the Road Traffic Regulations and the Highway Code apply to motor vehicles only and not to bicycles. However, the Highway Code states that cyclists should be considerate of other road users.

The Welsh Government has provided its annual funding contribution of £2,555,500 to GoSafe this year, plus an additional £600,000 for 20mph roadside engagement using Operation Ugain.