posted 8 years ago

Highways Agency to get extra powers

Highways Agency officials could be given the same powers as police officers to remove vehicles acusing an obstruction or posing a safety hazard.

• Officials will get same powers as police • Obstructions will be removed from motorways • Plans open for consultation for 12 weeks

Highways Agency officials could be given the same powers as police officers to remove vehicles acusing an obstruction or posing a safety hazard.

The plan, which is out for public consultation, is specifically aimed at clearing obstructions from motorways and A-roads.

Derek Turner, director of traffic operations at the Highways Agency, said: 'These powers, which would apply at all but the most serious police-led incidents, are an extension of the work already being done around the clock to improve safety.'

The consultation period is open for 12 weeks, until February 15, 2008.

Anyone interested in making a comment should contact the Highways Agency via its website.