Local councils in England and Wales and the Highways Agency could be allowed by the Department for Transport to use local knowledge and save money on “indiscriminate advertising” when introducing new traffic restrictions.

Government proposals will do away with the councils and the agency having to advertise in local newspapers so they can publicise the alterations in ways they think will reach those affected best.

Local websites, displaying notices in the area affected, and leafleting drivers on the roads involved are listed as possible alternatives.

A consultation process will last until 23 April. Transport minister Norman Baker said: “These changes will save council taxpayers, the Highways Agency and businesses millions of pounds that they will now be able to spend on improving services for local residents.”

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