2 August 2021 | Our Work

Second #AsktheDft event available to watch on demand

The Local Council Roads Innovation Group’s (LCRIG) second #AsktheDfT event is now available to watch on demand.

The event, which attracted more than 80 attendees, saw members of LCRIG able to put their questions to senior personnel from the Department for Transport (DfT).

Mark Macgarty, Senior Policy Adviser – Highways Maintenance, Data and Innovation, Local Transport; Ashley Singh, Road Conditions and Road Length Statistics Official, Statistics Roads and Freight; and Laura Murphy, Head of Road Network Statistics, Statistics Roads and Freight – all took questions from the audience.  

The event was entitled ‘Surveying roads: moving away from the status quo’ and was focused on the development of a data standard.

SCANNER technology continues to be robust and valued by many local authorities. However, in reviewing the current surveying regime, DfT considers that the current UKPMS standard limits choices for local authorities by mandating which surveying technology they must use to fulfil their Single Data List obligations. 

Mandating a single form of road surveying technology could limit innovation in this sphere with negative consequences – ultimately – for the breadth, scope, and accessibility of road condition data outputs. This also restricts local authorities’ choice to a single surveying technology, or results in additional surveys being carried out using other technologies, with associated costs to the authority.

To provide local authorities with more choice, DfT is developing a data standard for road condition monitoring which warrants multiple technologies, including SCANNER, to carry out surveying for fulfilling Single Data List obligations.

The personnel from the DfT answered questions about the data standard and were able to gain an understanding of the challenges facing councils in this area.

LCRIG Content Director Alec Peachey said: “We received a number of questions for the DfT both in advance of, and during, the event. These sessions are proving to be a really popular way of engaging with the Department and we’ll be looking to deliver our next one as part of this year’s Strictly Highways event. For anyone who was unable to make our most recent event please do take the opportunity to catch up on demand.”