The UK government has announced a consultation on measures to tackle roadworks-related congestion, potentially generating up to £100m ($126.91m) for road improvements.  

The consultation, part of the UK government’s Plan for Drivers, proposes extending the current £10,000 per day fine for overrunning street works to include weekends and bank holidays in the country, aiming to deter utility companies from causing traffic disruptions during peak travel times. 

The consultation suggests that at least 50% of the revenue from lane rental schemes should be allocated to road and pothole repairs.  

Launched on National Pothole Day, the measures are expected to ease congestion, shorten journey times, and facilitate smoother travel for drivers.  

The government’s Plan for Drivers includes a 30-point strategy to support car usage, kerb excessive enforcement, and advocate for drivers’ rights. 

The Automobile Association president Edmund King said: “Overrunning roadworks and poorly reinstated roads from utility companies frustrate drivers and cause unnecessary congestion, and trench defects can damage vehicles and injure those on two wheels. 

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“We are pleased that the government is looking to extend the fines for overrunning street works, invest more of the surplus fines in roads and ensure that those who dig up the roads repair them to a high and timely standard.”