ANOTHER sign in Conwy county has been tampered with ahead of Wales' new default 20mph speed limit rollout. 

Vandals used the peel off stickers to make their point in a rude way on the sign on Conway Road, Llanrhos. The sign is situated off St Anne's Gardens and towards the mini roundabout.

Another sign was similarly defaced in Henrhyd Road, Conwy, earlier this month.

On September 17, Wales will follow Spain and cut speed from 30mph to 20mph on restricted roads which are usually located in residential and built-up areas.

Spain made a similar change in 2019 and has since reported a fall in urban road deaths.

Wales' first minister Mark Drakeford has defended the controversial 20mph speed limits and rejected calls to pause the rollout.

“This is a manifesto commitment of the Labour Party, and it was in our election manifesto,” Mr Drakeford said.

“Politicians are very often criticised for not keeping their promises and this is a promise that we will be keeping here in Wales.

“We will invest around £32 million in one-off expenditure and that one-off money will save £92 million every single year in the NHS.

“We will be paid back many, many times over for the investment that we are making.

“I’m reinforced in my belief that it is the right thing to do from the experience we see elsewhere in the world.

“Spain, which has had this policy in place over recent years, have seen a 20 per cent reduction in urban deaths on the roads.”

Mr Drakeford said Wales had led the way in delivering “progressive” policies and cited the example of introducing deemed consent for organ donation.

“While I understand that all change is challenging, I’m also confident that once it’s there and people get used to it, people will find the advantages of it,” he said.

“Just as other changes in the field of road transport – the breathalyser, seatbelt wearing, other speed limits controversial in that time – are completely accepted now.

“Wales has often led the way in progressive policies. We are used to them being controversial at the time that we introduced them.


“When we changed the law in relation to organ donation, no other part of the UK was willing to do the same thing. Now every part of the UK does so.

“I’m reconciled to a period of turbulence when you make a change but I also confident that once the policy is operating people will see that it is a sensible and progressive thing to do.

“It will prevent accidents, it will save lives, and it will be absolutely worth doing.”

Most roads in Wales that are currently 30mph will become 20mph when the new speed limit is rolled-out, although councils do have discretion to impose exemptions.

As well as Conwy, signs have been defaced in Gwynedd, Newport, Torfaen, Wrexham and Flintshire.

A spokesperson for Conwy County Borough Council said: "We have had a few instances of 30mph stickers being peeled off road signs which already have the new 20mph limit underneath."