The minister praised local authorities, who scored highly in their Network Management Duty, which requires local traffic authorities to deliver efficient movement of traffic on their road networks.
Local Transport Plans (LTPs) were introduced as part of the The Traffic Management Act 2004, which was designed to tackle congestion and disruption on the roads.
The legislation applies to 82 local authorities, but not the 33 London local authorities.
"I would like to congratulate all those authorities who have done well. Their performance should inspire others to improve.
"We recognise the importance of local action and innovation and the overall good results of this study bear this out.
"Our assessors found 71% of the 82 Local Transport Plans show 'Good' or 'Excellent' understanding of the general requirements and philosophy behind Network Management Duty.
"This will be a useful tool for others to make improvements in the future," she said.
Winterton said local authorities needed to creake their own solutions to road congestion, best tailored for local needs.