The Government have recently consulted on proposed changes to the level and structure of charges for unreasonably prolonged occupation of the highway by statutory undertakers, including those for works on minor roads. The results are currently being analysed.
In developing the proposals for future fee levels for permit schemes, a series of workshops were held with representatives from local highway authorities during summer 2006. Discussions were also held with representatives from utility companies. A twelve-week consultation on this issue and other proposals for permit schemes is currently taking place, with responses invited by 26 February 2007.