Permit schemes provide highway authorities with the means to better manage and coordinate activities on their road network, to minimise inconvenience and prevent disruption to road users. NSG data is essential to this process as it defines and underpins which streets require Permits and which do not, data must be accurate therefore much work must go and has gone into refreshing NSG data to ensure it is current for Permit schemes.
It is extremely important to consult and develop workable and efficient Permit schemes, and ensure strong collaboration between local authorities and statutory undertakers.
Joint guidance has been released by JAG (UK) and GeoPlace, for Authority Street Custodians to understand the requirements in preparing their authorities' Local Street Gazetteers for implementation of a permit scheme. This guidance has recently been updated following feedback from active schemes and is available here: Permit schemes preparation document
The Secretary of State for Transport has removed the requirement for notification of permit schemes to be sent to the Department for Transport. The DfT have however produced an advice note on developing new permit schemes which is available here: developing and varying Permit Schemes. This does now make it even more vital you inform GeoPlace when you are planning to implement a permit scheme. In particular, updating the LSG and ETON 6 OD files are vital for implementation. Do contact the Helpdesk to discuss further.
With the introduction of permit schemes the processes that are undertaken in authorities are significantly more robust, organised and will provide better relationships across the utilities sector.
A noteworthy case study is from Leeds (read it here), who successfully implemented a permit scheme. The case study explores the benefits and methods they employed for this.