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Government to hike fines for overrunning road works

  • 13 March 2012
  • By Chris Druce

Utility companies that take too long to complete their road works face higher fines from this autumn.

The Department for Transport is increasingly the maximum daily fine councils can levy in a bid to cut road congestion caused by overruns.

The maximum daily charge at present is £2,500 but from the 1 October this will double on the busiest roads. After three days of overrun this will increase to a daily rate of £10,000.

Transport minister Norman Baker says: “The increase will also provide an incentive for utilities to finish works on time and prevent people sitting in unnecessary traffic jams in the first place.”

The government recently put forward proposals for councils to use lane rental schemes to tackle congestion caused by road works.


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