Scottish Road Works Register (Prescribed Fees) Regulations 2021

Closed 18 Dec 2020

Opened 24 Sep 2020

Feedback updated 13 Jan 2021

We asked

We asked for views on a minor amendment to road works legislation. We sought views on the proposal to revoke the Scottish Statutory Instrument,  “The “Scottish Road Works Register (Prescribed Fees) Regulations 2020” and replace it with a new Regulation to account for the running costs of £915,000 for the 2021/22 financial year.

You said

In total, twelve responses to the consultation were received, primarily from roads authorities.

There was  support for the proposal: eleven of the twelve responses gave full support; and one gave no answer (yes/no) to the specific question, while providing a paragraph supporting the increase in fees for 2021 on the proviso that the portion their organisation would pay followed the existing process, this has been included as supporting the proposal. One other organisation confirmed support and agreed that the existing mechanism for splitting the overall figure should not change unless specifically consulted on. Two other responses described the range of functionality of the register and the fair overall cost of the service as reasons to support this small increase in cost.

We did

The consultation responses have been carefully considered. All of the respondents supported the proposal to replace the 2020 Scottish Statutory Instrument. As a result, we will now revoke the Scottish Statutory Instrument, “The “Scottish Road Works Register (Prescribed Fees) Regulations 2020”, and replace it with a new Regulation as proposed.

Results updated 13 Jan 2021

There was  support for the proposal: eleven of the twelve responses gave full support; and one gave no answer (yes/no) to the specific question, while providing a paragraph supporting the increase in fees for 2021 on the proviso that the portion their organisation would pay followed the existing process, this has been included as supporting the proposal. One other organisation confirmed support and agreed that the existing mechanism for splitting the overall figure should not change unless specifically consulted on. Two other responses described the range of functionality of the register and the fair overall cost of the service as reasons to support this small increase in cost

Published responses

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Overview

As in previous years, we intend to create a new Scottish Statutory Instrument accounting for the target cost of operating the Scottish Road Works Register in the 2021-22 financial year. The intention is to revoke the 2020 instrument, and replace with a new instrument for 2021. This consultation seeks your views on making this change.  

Why we are consulting

The New Roads and Street Works Act 1991 enables Scottish Ministers to provide, by regulation, that a fee be payable to the Scottish Road Works Commissioner for access to the register.

The Register is an electronic database, supplied under contract to the Scottish Road Works Commissioner. It has varying operating costs in different financial years. This requires new regulations where the overall target fee for the year increases or decreases to ensure that the operating costs of running the register are met through the statutory process.

For 2021-22 the target fee has increased to £915,000 from £911,000. This is due to the the normal rise in some operating costs through inflation.

We therefore need to increase the target figure for 2021 to £915,000. . 

We would like your views, supported by evidence where possible, on whether the Fees and Amounts for the 2020-21 financial year should be changed to this value as proposed. 

What happens next

The results of this consultation will be used to form a view on whether a new regulation is  required. Information on any update to the regulations will also be provided at www.Transport.gov.scot 

Interests

  • Transport