finds UK drivers are divided on government's new roadworks idea

Published: Wed Aug 31 2011 has polled 2000 drivers, asking their opinions on a new idea from the UK government which could help tackle the problem of roadworks and the resulting traffic jams. The proposal suggests that utility companies could pay a 'lane rental' fee to the council if they choose to dig up the road during busy times*.

UK motorists are divided on the proposal with almost half(49%) saying it's a good plan and that they can't wait to see it happen and the other half (48%) feeling that it's not a good idea because utility companies who choose to pay the bills will pass these costs onto the consumer. The remainder were undecided.

Gareth Kloet, Head of Car Insurance at said: "If these proposals reduce traffic jams then car owners will have something to smile about. Financially it’s been a tough few years for drivers. Consumers are paying an average of £858 for annual comprehensive cover, having seen an increase of £22 in just three months and £170 over 12 months**. Car owners really deserve a break and roads that run freely will be welcomed by anyone regularly blighted by queues.

"The 'lane rental' fees could be a good incentive for companies to complete jobs more quickly reducing the potentially dangerous and infuriating situations that roadworks can create."

Lisa Greenfield, Energy expert at added: "With UK energy companies having recently hiked up their prices, the last thing that customers want is any sort of extra 'tax' which may end up being paid by the customer. If this proposal goes ahead then UK households will be hoping that utility companies choose to work outside of peak hours and not pay the charges because any further hikes in utility costs would be unpleasant.".

Regionally, Londoners are most in favour of the plans with more than 52% agreeing that they are a good idea.

Notes to Editors:
The poll of 2000 drivers in the UK was carried out by Onepoll on behalf and all figures have been rounded up to the nearest 1%

*See: for more details
 ** Source: Watson Car Insurance Price Index Q2 2011

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