The Government released new guidance to help local authorities tackle problem roadworks today.
Road works permit schemes give councils more power to coordinate roadworks and take action when they overrun.
Once a scheme is in place companies must apply for a permit before they start roadworks and abide by certain conditions (e.g., on timing and the amount of road space to be left available to road users during the works).
Anyone who breaks the terms of their permit or works without a permit faces prosecution and a fine of up to £5,000.
Transport Minister Sadiq Khan MP said:
"Everyone knows that roadworks are necessary to keep essential infrastructure in good order but councils and utility companies need to do everything possible to keep disruption to a minimum for the travelling public.
"I am delighted that more and more councils across the country are developing plans to introduce permit schemes. We introduced these schemes to give local authorities more power to manage and co-ordinate roadworks and the guidance we are publishing today will make it easier for councils to develop high quality permit schemes and so reduce inconvenience for all those who use the roads.
"This is just one part of a package of Government measures to reduce the disruption caused by roadworks. We also plan to consult on higher financial penalties for companies who allow their roadworks to overrun as well as on lane rental charges for firms operating on the most traffic sensitive routes."
Guidance for councils applying for permit schemes can be found on the Department for Transport website.