The DfT has published information surrounding its new inspections regime outlining that, from 1st April 2023, new regulations will come into force for a performance-based inspection regime.
As a result, companies that leave behind roads in poor condition could see 100% of their street works inspected, with highway authorities now charging £50 per defect inspection and a further £120 for follow-up inspections.
Responding to this announcement, Clive Bairsto, Street Works UK CEO has responded, saying:
“Utilities companies and their contractors work to deliver vital new connections including gigabit capable broadband, green gas and the energy needed to roll out electric vehicle charging. The unprecedented scale of street works, often delivered in challenging circumstances, are creating the next generation of infrastructure, and helping power economic growth and the government’s priorities.
We are pleased to have worked closely with government on its new inspections regime, as a way of supporting utility companies to continue to deliver high quality works and encouraging higher standards across the sector.”