UK to impose fines for firms who dig up roads during rush hour

August 22nd, 2011 - 8:34 pm ICT by Aishwarya Bhatt  

London, Aug 22(THAINDIAN NEWS) The UK government has announced that companies that disrupt traffic on the various roads in the country with construction during rush hour will be fined. The new measure will affect utility companies in the country.

According to the new measure, companies that carry out repair works during the quieter hours will not attract the extra charges. Companies could be charged as much as £2,500 per each day that the work goes on.

Transport Secretary Philip Hammond announced the new measure on Monday. He said that, “Everyone knows how frustrating it can be when you are sat in a traffic jam, unable to get to work or drop off the children at school because someone is digging up the road. This disruption is expensive as well as inconvenient, with one estimate valuing the loss to the economy from road works congestion at £4bn a year.”

The new measure is called the lane-rental charge. London has become the first city anywhere in the world to have introduced it. The new law will be enforced by the local councils and the funds that will be realized will be used to fund projects which will reduce future road blocks.

Traffic jams affect all the major cities in the world and the cost on productivity is considered to be quite substantial.

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