Clean up your muddy tracks’
AS winter approaches, highway bosses in Fenland are appealing to contractors, farmers and other motorists to clear up any mud they leave on the road. Traditionally as the weather gets colder and wetter mud is often dragged off places such as building site
AS winter approaches, highway bosses in Fenland are appealing to contractors, farmers and other motorists to clear up any mud they leave on the road.
Traditionally as the weather gets colder and wetter mud is often dragged off places such as building sites and fields, on to roads, causing slippery conditions for motorists.
In past years there have been concerns over accidents and near misses caused by dirt caked on roads and not cleared up.
In Fenland the problem can be serious because of the rural nature of the area.
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Cleaning up the mess left by vehicles travelling in and out of muddy fields and off-road sites is up to the driver who has deposited it. If mud is not cleaned up then not only is it an offence but vital taxpayers' money, which could be spent on essential, road safety schemes, has to be used to clear up the dirt or mud.
Cambridgeshire County Council is left with a bill of about a minimum of £350 every time it is called out and then has to try and recoup those costs from the person who caused the mess.
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Motorists are also being warned to drive with extra care and make sure their vehicle's lights and windows are kept as clean as possible.
Neil Band, highways supervisor for the council, said: "Leaving mud on the road is not only dangerous to motorists and cyclists but can leave taxpayers to foot the clean-up bill.
"We understand that landowners and farmers have to take large vehicles on and off muddy fields, especially in Fenland, and it is impossible not to stop dirt from going on to the roads. In the majority of cases this is then cleared up by those responsible and we thank them for doing this.
"Unfortunately there are a few who leave the mess on the road. We want to ask them now to make sure they have the proper cleaning procedures in place or contact the county council for advice. All we ask is people to clear up after themselves."
CONTACT: Neil Band at highway services on 0845 045 5212 for information about clearing mud from roads and responsibilities for keeping the roads clear.