As in previous years, we intend to create a new Scottish Statutory Instrument accounting for the target cost of operating the Scottish Road Works Register in the 2020-21 financial year. The intention is to revoke the 2019 instrument, and replace with a new instrument for 2020. This consultation seeks your views on making this change. Please also provide any relevant information you feel important for future exercises.
Why we're consulting
The New Roads and Street Works Act 1991 enables Scottish Ministers to provide, by regulation, that a fee be payable to the Scottish Road Works Commissioner for access to the register.
The Register is an electronic database, supplied under contract to the Scottish Road Works Commissioner. It has varying operating costs in different financial years. This requires new regulations where the overall target fee for the year increases or decreases to ensure that the operating costs of running the register are met through the statutory process.
For 2020-21 the target fee has increased to £911,000 from £855,000. This is largely due to the loss of deferred income accumulated in previous years by Susiephone Ltd for the 2016 retendering exercise.
We therefore need to increase the target figure for 2020-21 to £911,000. We also intend to return the payment period to 60 days, from 30 days, which was introduced as a temporary measure for the 2019-20 financial year only.
We would like your views, supported by evidence where possible, on whether the Fees and Amounts for the 2020-21 financial year should be changed as proposed.