Tougher enforcement for drivers who flout M4 speed limit

25/07/2016
Highways Reporters

Drivers that flout the variable speed limit restrictions in place along a busy stretch of the M4 around Newport will face tougher enforcement action, says Economy and Infrastructure Secretary, Ken Skates.

A new safety campaign has been launched today [25 July] which aims to ensure drivers are more aware of and adhere to the variable speed limits in place on the M4 between junctions 24 (Coldra) and 28 (Tredegar Park) before enforcement action is stepped up.

The Welsh government introduced a variable speed limit along this stretch of road in 2011 as a means of reducing congestion and improving safety and journey time reliability.

Infrastructure and technology installed along the motorway between junctions 24 and 28 monitors traffic flow and calculates the optimum speed limits for current traffic volumes.  The limits are lawfully displayed on the electronic visual message signs [VMS] above lanes and at the sides of the road.

Mr Skates said: “Since its launch the scheme has helped to improve traffic flow and reduce the number of collisions along this stretch, with the majority of drivers adhering to the limits in place.

“However, a minority of drivers continue to flout the displayed limits and act as if the restrictions do not apply to them so it is these motorists we are primarily targeting with this awareness campaign and subsequent enforcement action.”

The campaign is being led by GoSafe, Wales’ Road Casualty Reduction Partnership, and it will consist of two stages.

Phase one will focus on an education and awareness drive, to alert motorists that tougher enforcement will shortly be coming into effect. It will include publication of the number of offences captured on that stretch of motorway and a grace period for drivers during which those who exceed the stated limit will receive warning notices.

The second phase will focus on enforcement and those caught exceeding the speed limit displayed will be issued with a Notice of Intended Prosecution.

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