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Roads: Permit Schemes

Volume 684: debated on Tuesday 25 July 2006

asked Her Majesty’s Government:

Whether they will take appropriate steps to evaluate the effectiveness of permit schemes for road works in reducing congestion against the costs of implementing them, before more widespread implementation takes place; and [HL6866]

Whether they will limit the number of permit schemes for road works approved in the first instance in order that a baseline of the levels of congestion and their causes can be established and a measurement made of the effectiveness of permit schemes in reducing congestion and the associated costs of implementing such schemes. [HL6867]

Once the relevant legislation is introduced, a local authority wishing to operate a permit scheme will be entitled to prepare and submit a scheme for approval. Any such application must be dealt with objectively and treated on its merits. The department has always committed to reviewing the permit operations after a year of operation. This will form part of our overall monitoring of the Traffic Management Act 2004. The department will seek to ensure that only authorities that demonstrate the ability to operate an effective permit scheme will be granted approval and aims to ensure that as much as possible is learnt from early schemes.