We must maintain, manage, protect and improve the transport network because it is a valuable asset. By making sure the network activities are undertaken safely and efficiently for all our highway users, we can also enable people to make the right transport and route choices. We want those choices to be first and foremost; efficient, sustainable, healthy and convenient.
The Dorset Council Permit Scheme is a Single Permit Scheme for the purposes of Part 3 of the Traffic Management Act 2004 (TMA) and the Traffic Management Permit Scheme (England) Regulations 2007 as amended in 2015 (the Permit Regulations).
The Dorset Council Permit Scheme came in to operation on 16 January 2020. A legal Order was introduced, obligating works promoters carrying out Streetworks (except s50 licence holders); Works for Road Purposes by, or on behalf of, the highway authority; and Major Highway Works (including Developer activities under section 278 of the Highways Act), to obtain a Permit for defined activities.
Benefits of the scheme
Some of the benefits identified, include:
- reduction in disruption on the road network
- improvement in overall network management
- reduction of delays and inconvenience to the travelling public
- reduction in costs to businesses caused by delays
- incentives for work promoters to collaborate