IT'S TIME TO ACT

Streetworks codes of practice need to be altered from time to time, but the process of altering them is long and arduous. This article shows how use of the Internet can offer a better solution. In the UK, most of the recommendations of the Horne report on roads and utilities have been at least partly fulfilled since the New Roads and Street Works Act 1991, but the computerised streetworks register has not yet been completed. The report suggested that primary legislation should specify the basic framework, while recommendations made by the Secretary of State should address appropriate specific topics, as they could be modified more easily to allow for changing circumstances. The Act itself does cover the primary legislation, but regulations handle appropriate aspects such as safety at streetworks and road works. This two-tier arrangement is a very slow process, which involves setting up a Highway Authorities and Utilities Committee (HAUC) working party for the topic, which submits a draft code of practice to the Department of the Environment, Transport and the Regions (DETR), which then sends it out to consultation. The author suggests that a working group should continually review its code, by using its Internet Web site to receive and evaluate comments and then consider feedback on their proposals in an ongoing process.

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    Hemming Group, Limited

    32 Vauxhall Bridge Road
    London,   United Kingdom  SW1V 2SS
  • Authors:
    • BAYLEY, B
  • Publication Date: 2000-3-2

Language

  • English

Media Info

  • Features: References;
  • Pagination: p. 17-9
  • Serial:
    • SURVEYOR
    • Volume: 187
    • Issue Number: 5571
    • Publisher: Hemming Group, Limited
    • ISSN: 0039-6303

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00793059
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Transport Research Laboratory
  • Files: ITRD
  • Created Date: May 31 2000 12:00AM