Two leading broadband providers have come under fire for failing to properly repair roads in Scotland after laying cables.
BT and Virgin Media were identified as the worst culprits in a report published by the Roads Authorities and Utilities Committee.
According to the Herald, the two firms were found to have the greatest failure rates for road inspections following installation work.
The broadband providers failed to conduct proper road inspections in 37 per cent of cases, well above the Scottish average of 26 per cent.
As such, critics have accused the firms of causing unnecessary and prolonged disruption to road users following installation work.
A BT representative commented: "We met with the [Scottish Road Works] Commissioner recently and told him that we accept his results, and we have improvement programmes in place to turn our performance around."
Virgin Media and BT are continuing to carry out infrastructure work as they roll out fibre broadband across the UK.