Should councils be fined £5,000-a-day for leaving roadworks unmanned?
Are you absolutely pig sick of roadworks? Are they a blight on your very existence? Well, someone's come up with an idea that councils should be fined £5,000-a-day, if they leave roadworks unmanned. This means that roadworks will be done over the weekends as well, but someone's clearly thinking of getting rid of needless road jams.
It isn't just councils - utility companies could also get slapped around with big fines for doing the same thing, leaving road works in place while no-one is actually working on them.
Now, there's already daily fines of £5,000 in place, for roadworks that overrun, however, this could now extend to those who leave temporary traffic lights somewhere, after a job has been finished, according to the Department for Transport.
Transport secretary Patrick McLoughlin said: "I want to deliver better journeys for drivers. Roadworks can be essential but that doesn't mean they should be in place any longer than is absolutely necessary."
"That is why I am looking at proposals to reduce queues and make drivers' lives easier. These common sense measures will be a welcome relief to those trying to get from A to B on our local roads. Over Christmas we were able to lift a massive number of roadworks on trunk roads, but this package of measures will benefit drivers all the year round."
Now, drivers will no doubt be thrilled at the prospect of the UK's roads getting fixed up, and in a more timely manner too - however, while collectively, we're already paying for the repairs through taxes, if any jobs result in fines, surely we'd collectively end up having those passed on to us as well?