Traffic survey licensing scheme will give county council better oversight of activity on the roads
Nottinghamshire County Council is setting up a traffic survey licensing scheme which will improve its awareness of planned activity on the county’s roads so it can manage and co-ordinate highways improvements more effectively.
The permit scheme got the go ahead from the council’s Communities and Place Committee today.
Committee chairman Councillor John Cottee said: “We undertake a programme of automatic and manual traffic surveys across the county on an ongoing basis to monitor traffic trends for all road user types and to help inform the development of improvement schemes and programmes.
“Traffic surveys are also undertaken on county roads by other organisations for example, by traffic consultants on behalf of developers to inform transport appraisals for new developments.”
The council often gets requests from residents and parish councils asking who is carrying out these traffic surveys, and why they are being carried out – at the moment though, if the council isn’t leading the survey, it often won’t know.
This is because it currently operates a voluntary system for organisations which undertake traffic surveys on Nottinghamshire’s roads and they don’t always tell the authority when they’re going to be doing surveys.
“The new compulsory permit scheme will mean we can offer a better service to residents by giving us a better understanding of what’s happening on our roads; and enable us to answer highway queries more efficiently,” added Coun Cottee.
“The scheme also has the potential to help us gather traffic data at no cost to the public, by possibly saving us the need for and cost of some traffic surveys.”
Under the proposed scheme, all organisations will need to obtain a highway permit before carrying out traffic surveys on county council roads, but permits will be free of charge to organisations undertaking work for the county council, Department for Transport, HS2 Limited and Highways England if the permits are obtained in advance.
Organisations which are liable to pay a fee for a permit to undertake a survey will also be able to reduce the amount they have to pay by providing the council with a copy of the survey data.
The permit fee will be determined annually and set at a level to cover the council’s costs of administering and running the scheme.
The aim is to introduce the scheme in the county from April.
Leicestershire County Council, which has been operating the same scheme in Leicestershire since 2017, will be administering the permit scheme on behalf of Nottinghamshire.