Penny Mordaunt slammed the rollout of a brand new 20mph pace restrict for residential roads in Wales as “completely insane”.
The Commons Chief accused the Labour-run Welsh Authorities of “punishing motorists” with the “loopy” transfer, which comes into pressure on Sunday.
And she or he warned Mark Drakeford’s administration is seen as a “blueprint for governing Britain” by Sir Keir Starmer.
Talking throughout Enterprise Questions within the Commons yesterday, Tory MP Virginia Crosbie mentioned: “The Labour Authorities in Cardiff supported by Plaid Cymru will likely be introducing a blanket 20mph pace restriction in built-up areas throughout Wales from September 17.
“In lots of locations – exterior colleges, exterior hospitals – 20mph is acceptable.
“Does the Chief of the Home agree with lots of my Ynys Mon constituents that this blanket method will impression essential roads and impression the Welsh financial system?
“And can she find time for a debate on how we needs to be supporting the Welsh financial system, not punishing it?”
Ms Mordaunt replied: “That is completely insane even by the requirements of Labour’s Welsh Authorities.
“They’ve ignored companies and so they have ignored the general public. They’re pushing forward with this scheme regardless of enormous opposition to it and I feel the newest estimate is it can price the Welsh financial system £4.5 billion.
“However extra disturbingly it’ll enhance people’ gas payments significantly and really be dangerous to the atmosphere.
“(Ms Crosbie) is true, there are circumstances the place after all 20mph pace limits are a good suggestion, however having them because the default for a lot of roads is loopy.
“As a substitute of punishing motorists, Labour needs to be specializing in fixing public transport, specifically the trains.”
Ms Mordaunt added: “This example is what the Labour Get together refers to as their blueprint for governing Britain.”
The Welsh Authorities has mentioned that slicing the pace from 30mph to 20mph on residential roads would shield lives and save the NHS in Wales £92 million a yr.
Most roads in Wales which might be at present 30mph will grow to be 20mph, though councils have discretion to impose exemptions.
First Minister Mark Drakeford mentioned it’s the “proper factor to do”, citing a fall in city highway deaths in Spain after it made an analogous change in 2019.