Under the permit scheme, all scheduled work will be granted a permit and the County Council will have greater ability to ensure that work in the same area does not clash and that, where possible, jobs avoid peak times of day and busy times of year.
Councillor Don Mackenzie, Executive Member for Highways, said: “Our main objective with this scheme is to cut congestion and to reduce delays for the travelling public. We recognise that utility companies need to have access to their equipment under the highway in order to maintain supplies to their customers.
North Yorkshire County Council’s Executive has unanimously approved a permit scheme to improve the control and management of work across the county’s roads.
It will be able to impose conditions, such as the rapid removal of equipment and signs after work is completed, and impose penalties for breaching conditions or working without a permit.