Companies that fail to remove roadworks at weekends could see themselves hit with a £5,000 fine, under new plans drawn up by Government ministers.
Fines will also be given to those companies that leave temporary traffic lights in place after they could be removed.
The plans have been made to cut the amount of traffic jams that drivers have to deal with.
A Government source told the Daily Mail: “There is nothing more annoying that sitting in a traffic jam caused by roadworks where nothing is happening.
“Of course, companies have to dig up the roads from time to time to carry out essential work. But they should be doing it in a way that minimises disruption to motorists.
“If they are not prepared to work at weekends then they should take the roadworks down.”
Estimates have shown that roadworks cost Britain around £4 billion per year in congestion and delays caused to motorists. The figure for just London is £750 million a year.
Transport secretary Patrick McLoughling said: “I want to deliver better journeys for drivers. Roadworks can be essential, but that doesn’t mean they should be in place any longer than is absolutely necessary.
“That is why I am looking at proposals to reduce queues and make drivers’ lives easier.
“These common sense measure will be a welcome relief to those trying to get from A to B on our local roads.”
Edmund King, president for the AA, said in response: “There is no doubt this is the bane of motorists’ lives, so drivers will be happy to see a crackdown on unattended roadworks and unused cones – but let’s hope it actually delivers.”
After completing his university studies in English and Creative Writing in Cardiff, Jack is now a full time motoring writer at Blackball Media. His love of cars stems from his childhood years when he began to live and breathe all-things automotive.