New legislation would mean utility companies have to obtain permits to complete work which disrupts roads. They would also be charged for causing inconvenience while fines would increase. The RAC Foundation is lobbying the Government to make the impending legislation a priority following the summer recess.
Edmund King, executive director at the foundation, said: 'For far too long the utility companies have been given a free hand to dig holes in the road and have given little consideration to extensive traffic delays that result.
'The foundation has been campaigning to speed up road works and for better co-ordination between utility companies for over six years and while real progress has been made, there is still much more to be done. It is vital that the Government will, as expected, introduce the new Street Works Bill in the autumn.'
Utility companies are currently governed by laws introduced more than 10 years ago before the increase in internet companies and the deregulation of gas and electricity providers.
New regulations introduced in 2001 enable local authorities to fine utility companies up to £2,000.