July 12th: The Senedd recently backed Welsh Government plans to “reduce the risk and severity of injuries as a result of collisions between vehicles and vulnerable road users” by lowering the speed limit by so much that people may struggle to stick to it and instead get a large fine for the “greater good” during a time when people are struggling to afford to live. Yes, very sensible.
They also admit that they want this to “encourage more people to cycle and walk” – this is the reason why they’ve started making bike lanes which take up half the road and updated the highway code so pedestrians have right of way and cyclists are instructed to cycle in the middle of the road which is more likely to cause accidents, not prevent them! They also changed the laws surrounding phone usage, meaning if you have your phone screen on at all then you can be fined, even if you’re using it as a satnav. This is all part of the “green agenda”.
This pilot scheme will come into action in Wales from next year and will limit those driving down residential roads and busy streets to 20mph. Remember, you have leeway of about 20% to go faster than the speed limit without getting a ticket. For example, if you are driving on a 60mph road, then you are allowed to drive up to 72mph without getting a ticket, whereas on 20mph that leeway is less, due to a smaller number, with only an extra wiggle room of 4mph before you get charged £60+.
Julie James, Climate Change Minister, explained in her dystopian ingsoc speech about her plans that “the future of our towns and cities depends on our ability to move around sustainably and on solutions that have a positive impact on public health environments and communities.”
Let’s talk about sustainability real quick Ms James. Not too long ago you were pushing for electric cars which use materials such as lithium – which is dug from the ground and isn’t a sustainable material, it is then charged using electricity by the national grid which takes most of its energy from sources such as coal, nuclear, etc. Nothing is truly “sustainable” and no energy is truly “renewable”. Paul Burgess explains it best in this documentary series, “when the wind stops.”