Reporting on the achievements of the department's initiative to reduce congestion and costs following motorway incidents.
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Regarding this report, which gives details of the progress made through the ‘collision, lead, evaluate, act, reopen’ (CLEAR) initiative, Roads Minister Stephen Hammond said:
This report shows we are witnessing even greater than expected time savings as a result of the roll out of laser scanning programme. With the clear-up initiative helping to re-open our motorways and major roads as quickly as possible - saving the economy millions of pounds a year.
We are not complacent. There is still more we can and will be doing to tackle instances of unacceptably long motorway closures.
The CLEAR 10 point action plan has been endorsed by the Department for Transport (DfT), the Highways Agency (HA), the Vehicle and Operator Services Agency (VOSA) and the police, fire and ambulance services.
It explains how we are meeting an objective set in the 2012 DfT business plan to introduce measures which reduce the congestion and costs associated with closures following motorway incidents.