Clearaway unsafe mud

PUBLISHED: 12:24 13 January 2006 | UPDATED: 13:21 28 May 2010

DESPITE a new campaign to persuade farmers to clear their mud up from Fenland roads, the Crown Prosecution Service admits the chance of successfully prosecuting offenders is limited. County highways chiefs warned farmers and contractors they could risk c

DESPITE a new campaign to persuade farmers to clear their mud up from Fenland roads, the Crown Prosecution Service admits the chance of successfully prosecuting offenders is limited. County highways chiefs warned farmers and contractors they could risk court appearances if they do not clear up mud they leave on the road.But a CPS spokesman said this week: "It is such a minor driving offence that I doubt it would be recorded as that on our database. I have to say I haven't come across any so far." The request to farmers follows concerns over accidents and near misses caused by dirt caked on the highways.Cambridgeshire Police and highway officials are appealing to landowners to make sure mud and dirt is cleared up, or they could face prosecution.A council spokesman said: " A minority of landowners and contractors have ignored their duty to clear up after themselves and have left roads covered in mud and dirt. This can cause slippery surfaces and can help create accidents and skids."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."The spokesman said the council was left with a bill of £350 every time it is called out and then has to try to recoup those costs from the person who left the mess in the first place.Cambridgeshire Police warned they would prosecute people who refused to clean up the mud or dirt they have left on the road. Offenders could be facing fines of up to £1000.Mark Kemp, director for highways and access for the county council, said: "Unfortunately there are a few who leave the mess on the road causing dangerous slippery conditions and leaving the tax-payer to pick up the bill. All we ask is people to clear up after themselves."n What do you think? Should the Crown Prosecution Service make greater efforts to ensure our roads are mud-free and safer? Write to the editor or e-mail editor@ cambs-times.co.uk or editor@ wisbech- standard.co.uk.

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