With the popularity of asphalt in the UK, this year marks the 50th anniversary of the first public roll-out of asphalt as a permanent surface for cars and trucks in Britain.
In 1974, a British government decree mandated that every road in Britain be made of asphalt.
In 1977, the government declared that all road surfaces in England and Wales were to be covered with asphalt by 2020.
With the advent of new technologies, including the spread of electric vehicles, the availability of high-speed internet and mobile internet connectivity, and the increasing number of electric buses and vans, the road surface has become a major transportation mode for many people.
However, despite the growing popularity of the asphalt industry, the UK government continues to issue road resurfacing permits, as it has since 1978.
The resurfacing of road surfaces, particularly those that are prone to rolling over, can cause serious problems for drivers and pedestrians alike.
This year, the National Assembly of Road and Transport (NART) in Wales voted overwhelmingly to require that all surface roads in Wales be resurfaced, and all roads in England to be resurfaced by 2020 in an effort to increase the safety of road users.
For those who want to know more about how the resurfacing works in the United Kingdom, here’s a video from NART, filmed on a British road, showing how the machine was brought into action to replace a road surface.