MOTORISTS, public transport passengers and the taxpayer will welcome the intention of the council to consider penalties for utility firms damaging the roads.
Everyone else seems to pay for the poor quality of repairs either through damage to cars or increased roads budgets in a bid to deal with the backlog of repairs.
If the council is to invest our cash in improving the roads that investment must be protected and measures in place to ensure if the surface must be broken it must be repaired properly.
For years the Roadworks Commissioner promised to get tough and finally issued penalties to four firms who repeatedly failed to meet standards.
Now with the Commissioner promising more action and setting higher standards and the council warning they will seek to issue penalties, the firms who are not doing their job properly must get the message this is not acceptable.
There is no excuse for failures and even the target of 80% pass rate is low as every job should be done to the right standards using the right materials.
Our roads are a vital asset to keep the city moving and must be treated as such.
For commercial businesses the bottom line is always profit and the threat of financial penalties is the best way to ensure compliance.