The Government wanted to provide local authorities with additional tools for managing works on their road network and minimising unnecessary disruption to road users. Permit schemes can accomplish this by enabling traffic managers to positively control all works activities carried out on their network by both utility companies and highway authorities, in the interests of road users.
The Department is committed to reviewing permit schemes and we will do this after the first full year of scheme operation. This review will provide evidence to determine whether permit schemes are delivering the expected benefits and whether permit fee levels are appropriate.
The data required to establish the baseline in respect to permit schemes will be taken from the noticing information exchanged between highway authorities and statutory undertakers, together with additional information recorded on highway authorities' local registers.