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Operation Ugain

GoSafe and Welsh police 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.

GoSafe, Welsh Police Forces, and Welsh Fire and Rescue Services, will be focused on engaging with communities in areas where the speed limit has changed from 30mph to 20mph. The aim is to help drivers adjust to the change.

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.

If drivers choose the engagement, The Welsh Fire and Rescue Services will deliver a free presentation that lasts approximately 10 minutes. It aims to inform people on the change in default speed limit, the reasons behind the change, and how they can identify the roads it applies to.

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

  

Operation Ugain Statistics

  

  Jan* Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Total
Total vehicles monitored 9775                       9775
Total exceeding speed limit 272                       272
Compliant vehicles** (no.) 9503                       9503
Complaint vehicles** (%) 97%                       97%

*January figures from 8th onwards following the launch of the engagement teams.

** Vehicles travelling under the current enforcement threshold.

  

Outcomes

  

  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Total
Engagement Session (no.) 270                       270
Engagement Session (%) 99%                       99%
Prosecution (no.) 2                       2
Prosecution (%) 1%                       1%