Scottish roadworks technical consultation 2022

Closed 8 Sep 2022

Opened 13 Jul 2022

Feedback updated 21 Oct 2022

We asked

As part of the Roadworks Consultation 2022, we asked the Roadworks community, and wider public, for views on two elements within Roadworks policy, these were qualifications and Reinstatement Plans. Regarding qualifications we sought views upon the appropriateness of the current model, to inform plans for any future reform. Regarding Reinstatement Plans we sought views on timescales related to the issue of, amendment of, or update to, a Reinstatement Quality Plan by any organisation. In total, there were four questions to answer; three for Qualifications, and one for Reinstatement Quality Plans. The consultation opened on the 13 July 2022 and ran for eight weeks ending on 8 September 2022.

You said

In total, forty one responses to the consultation were received, from utility undertakers, roads authorities, informed individuals and members of the public. Brief analysis of these responses is detailed below. If we receive additional responses after the closing date they will not feature in the analysis, but will be considered if relevant.

It is clear from the consultation that there are mixed views surrounding prescribed ranges for numbers of operatives and supervision activities. However, on the question of other types of qualifications required, it is clear that there is an appetite for a bespoke ‘inspectors’ card, which was recommended in some cases to be the existing supervisors "Streetworks Card". Furthermore, on Reinstatement Quality Plans, having initially proposed an sixty day period for submission of Reinstatement Quality Plans, strong support and evidence was given to increase this to a ninety day period.

We did

The responses to the consultation have now been fully considered. Regarding qualifications, this will clearly require a longer piece of work to review which may not require any new legislation. It may be that there are other methods to drive consistency in this area. We look forward to working with the community and the office of the Scottish Road Works Commissioner in looking into this further. On the matter of Reinstatement Quality Plans, as a result of this consultation, we are minded to progress the necessary Scottish Statutory Instrument with a ninety calendar day period for initial Reinstatement Quality Plans.

We will now use the information to support the Roadworks policy stance and amend legislation if required.

Results updated 21 Oct 2022

The responses to the consultation have now been fully considered. We will now use the information to support the Roadworks policy stance and amend legislation if required.

Published responses

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The aim of this consultation is to ask some specific technical questions regarding qualifications and reinstatement quality plans. Currently these elements are covered within Section 116 (Qualifications of supervisors and operatives) and Section 118 (Reinstatement Quality Plans) of The Transport (Scotland) Act 2019. We would like to engage with the public to determine if further Legislation is required regarding qualifications, and seek opinions on the proposals to define the timescales for quality plan submissions. The conclusions of this public consultation may result in clarification of these issues within a future Scottish Statutory Instrument. Alternatively it could be determined that the current process is sufficient.

Why your views matter

This consultation is necessary to complete the Business and Regulatory Impact Assessment (BRIA) currently required for developing Scottish Statutory Instruments, and to settle the direction for qualifications and reinstatement quality plans to the benefit of the community. We would like your views, supported by evidence where possible, on the questions and options proposed.

What happens next

After the consultation has closed we will analyse all the responses received and use your feedback to potentially help shape changes to the legislation. Where permission has been given, we will make all responses available to the public on Citizen Space. The responses to the consultation and analysis will be published in due course.


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