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Transportation Fees and Charges

 Fees and Charges 2019 / 2020

Temporary Traffic Regulation Orders

 

Applications for Temporary Traffic Regulation Orders (TTRO) are predominantly made by HCC and utility companies when it is necessary to undertake works on the public highway which require traffic management measures, such as road closures or diversions, to be in place. Since 1 April 2017, the County Council has processed their own temporary road closures. However, the remaining applications (mainly from utility companies) for temporary road closures remain with the District Council to process.

 

The current price of a TTRO is £1,300 plus the costs of the required adverts - usually £300.00 per TTRO. To simplify the costs and improve financial transparency for the Council, it is proposed to charge a flat rate of £1,600 which will include all advertising costs

3.3 Fees for temporary road closures for sporting events, which require public advertisement and use the provisions of Section 16 (A-C) of the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984, are proposed to increase from £385 to £400.00 in line with the Portfolio Holder for Planning and Transportation decision of 13 March 2014.

 

Fees for road closures for special events carried out using the Town Police Clauses Act are proposed to increase from £153 to £160, with no charges for churches, linked national celebrations or events where no on-street trading or non-participation/entry charges are made.

 

Recommendations for Temporary Traffic Regulation Orders:

• Fees for Temporary Traffic Regulation Orders are increased to £2,000 which will now include all advertisement costs.

• Fees for Sporting events are increased to £400;

• Fees for Special Events (exemptions for churches, linked national celebrations or events where no on-street trading or nor participation/entry charges made) are increased to £160.

 

Access Protection Markings (APMs)

 

Access Protection markings provide an advisory marking across an access to discourage parking. These APMS can be applied for by residents.

 

The current charge for processing the application and the lining works for these markings is £123; however, it is proposed to increase this to £130 from 1 April 2019. For this fee Officers will review the location and advise whether or not an APM is suitable as well as advising on the length of the markings.

 

This fee is only for the life of the lining, should the markings wear away over time then a new application will need to be made for a fresh APM, however, should any resurfacing take place at the location of the APM then a replacement APM will be provided free of charge.

 

Recommendations for APMs:

• Charges for APMs are increased to £130.

 

Speed limit reminders

 

Speed Indicator Devices (SID) and Speed Limit Reminders (SLR) are devices that can be deployed to help reduce speeding. A SID can be used to gather vehicle speed data that can be used to assess the need for further action, and a SLR can be used to provide a reminder of the speed limit together with a 'SLOW DOWN'message.

 

The Council owns a number SID and SLR devices which are used for deployments across the District. Currently a programme of deployments is produced based on where road casualties have occurred over the last 5 years, in consultation with HCC and the police. The Council funds around 46 SID deployments and 20 SLR deployments each year. This number of deployments allows for some capacity for ad hoc requests that are received throughout the year.

 

Each year the Council receives a number of requests from Parishes and other community groups for the deployment of these devices. There is capacity to hire out our devices when not in use by us. The Council charges a weekly rental cost of £200 with an £80 fee for the installation of the device itself. For the rental fee the hirer will receive advice on the best location to install the device and daily downloading of the data which will be provided to the hirer together with routine monitoring of the device to ensure it is working properly. Prior to agreeing to any rental, the Council will consult with both HCC and the Police to ensure that the proposed location is a safe location for a deployment.

 

Should there not be a suitable post/pillar for the device to be attached to at the location, an additional post may also be required and the applicant would be required to pay the full cost of this. This cost will vary at each location.

 

Should a Parish / Parishes / community group approach the Council in respect of a number of deployments for the year the Council will consider a bespoke costing based on the specific requirements.

 

Recommendation for Speed Indicator Devices:

• The fee for a weekly rental of a SID/SLR to remain at £200 which will include the full data obtained during that period and an £80 fee for installation.

 

• Bespoke charging rates can be agreed on a case by case basis should the Council be approached for multiple deployments.

 

Developer funded Permanent Traffic Regulation Orders

 

On occasions an item is included in either a planning consent (via a S106 or S278) or included as an item within the Council's traffic management programme for a TRO funded separately by a developer. Such occasions will arise where it is outside of the scope of the core agency function (i.e. not casualty focussed), but it is felt necessary for either the operation of a business or necessary to make the development acceptable in planning terms.

 

When such TROs are required there is a need to ensure that the full cost to the Council is paid. Costs for the progression of the TRO constitute officer time in preparing and progressing the advert, trying to resolve any objections and preparing the report for approval. In addition, there are costs associated with the advertising of the Order in the local press.

 

As each TRO is different, costs for processing each application will vary and the Council requires its full costs to be covered. In general terms, the total cost of progressing a TRO was between £3,000 and £6,000, and this charge was consistent with what HCC also charged for this process. To simplify this, it is proposed that the developer funded TRO be set at £5,000 with the developer being responsible for arranging and paying for any development works including any lining and signing required. The applicant will be advised of the likely cost before any works are progressed. As the preparation of a TRO is a legislative process including consultation, a TRO cannot be guaranteed at the start of the process. As much of the work is based on officer time, no refunds will be offered if a TRO is unable to be implemented.

 

Recommendation for developer funded TROs:

• The charge for a developer funded permanent TRO be set at £5,000 and the developer will be responsible for arranging and paying for any development works including any lining and signing required.

 

Bay Suspensions

On a regular basis, utility companies and highway maintenance teams request the suspension of one or, more often, a number of limited waiting bays. Legislation allows the Enforcement Team to suspend limited waiting bays. Signage, approved by the Secretary of State for transport, can be put up which effectively 'cancels' the bay for the duration of the suspension, The costs to the Council include administration, setting up the suspensions and enforcing the suspension for the duration as well as returning the bays to their normal function at the end of the suspension period. It is proposed that the charges remain the same as 2018/19.

 

Recommendation for bay suspension charges:

• In order to cover costs a fee of £30.00 for a one day bay suspension is proposed with a suggested additional charge of £20.00 per additional day needed or £100.00 for a full week (Mon to Sun).

 

Updated: 3 Jan 2020
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