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Obstructions on the road and highway

It is an offence to obstruct the free passage of the highway.

Obstructions are objects which have been unlawfully placed on or which overhang the highway. Examples of obstructions include:

  • builders' skips
  • scaffolding or hoardings
  • builders' materials
  • temporary works including traffic lights
  • overhanging tree branches or hedges
  • mud or debris on the road
  • mixing concrete or mortar on the highway
  • unauthorised vendors or traders
  • encroachment of highway boundaries
  • discharge of water onto the highway
  • blocking "Rights of Way"
  • plants and bushes
  • illegal signs.

Encroachments are where ownership of areas of the highway has been unlawfully assumed.

If a person without lawful authority or excuse in any way wilfully obstructs the free passage along a highway, they are guilty of an offence. In such cases the Highway Authority has legal powers to enforce their removal.