The Government is considering new proposals to introduce £5,000 daily fines for councils that run unmanned road works over the weekend.
A daily fine of £5,000 already exists for roadworks that run past their schedule, and on top of the weekend fines considered, ministers are also looking at fining councils and utility companies up to £5,000 for unmanned road projects that needlessly inconvenience motorists during the week. Penalties for temporary traffic lights left in place after roadworks have been completed are also under consideration.
The proposals are aimed at incentivising local councils to better manage road repairs on the 24,000 miles of A-roads they are in charge of. Better managed road repairs will result in less congestion, which is estimated to cost the UK economy roughly £14billion a year in lost income and uneccesary fees.
Last year the Government also announced a new pothole fund totaling £250million purely directed at road repairs and maintenance – the biggest road investment programme since the 1970s.
Transport secretary Patrick McLoughlin said: "I want to deliver better journeys for drivers. Roadworks can be essential but that doesn't mean they should be in place any longer than is absolutely necessary."That is why I am looking at proposals to reduce queues and make drivers' lives easier. These common sense measures will be a welcome relief to those trying to get from A to B on our local roads."
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