London motorists may well be set for a welcome decrease of delays in the capital - after councils were granted tough new powers to fine utility companies for failing to complete repairs within an allotted time frame.
Central government has approved the London Permit Scheme which allows participating authorities to charge offending companies up to £2,500 per day for overrunning work.
The scheme is proving popular, with eighteen councils already signed up - with a further 33 expected to join in the near future.
Councillor Mike Fisher, chairman of London Councils transport and environment committee, said: "It can be extremely frustrating for motorists, cyclists and pedestrians to find the same road has been dug up again for yet another utility company to carry out work.
"The permit scheme puts boroughs back in the driving seat by giving them powers to co-ordinate road works so delays and inconvenience are kept to a minimum."
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