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Highways Act 1980

10 April 2013

The highways Act 1980

Having the facility to prevent track-out from your site on to public roads has never been so important. With an increasingly unpredictable climate, mud spread by vehicles on to the highway is becoming an increasing issue around the UK, with more and more litigation being pursued every year through the result of accidents caused by vehicles skidding on muddy roads.

The issue has been addressed by the government, and is provided for by law in the Highways Act 1980 s161:

“If a person, without lawful authority or excuse, deposits anything whatsoever on a highway in consequence of which a user of the highway is injured or endangered, that person is guilty of an offence.”

The Highways Act 1980 s137 goes further to provide against the prevention of mud on the road by impinging penalties against site users for Penalty for wilful obstruction, detailing that

“If a person, without lawful authority or excuse, in any way wilfully obstructs the free passage along a highway he is guilty of an offence and liable to a fine not exceeding (level 3 on the standard scale)”

Sections 148 and 149 provide legislation to a similar effect,  a requirement for the Removal of dangerous deposits and the Removal of things so deposited on highways as to be a nuisance, etc.

Non-compliance to this act can result in heavy fines, or criminal charges.

Wheelwash provide market leading products and solutions for the cleaning of wheels and prevention of track-out by site vehicles. With the increase in litigation and a worsening climate, preventative measures are essential to keep the highways near your site clean and clear from mud and debris. Trust Wheelwash to provide you with a safe, durable solution for the prevention of accidents caused by mud on the highways.