Farmers told to ‘clean up’ mud on roads

Mud on Main Road, Holbeach St Marks, outside the village's primary school.  Photo by Tim Wilson.
Mud on Main Road, Holbeach St Marks, outside the village's primary school. Photo by Tim Wilson.
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Farming businesses in South Holland have been told to “clean up or face the consequences” concerning mud and debris on the area’s roads.

The warning from Lincolnshire Road Safety Partnership (LRSP) and Lincolnshire Police is an attempt to stop crashes caused when vehicles skid on muddy roads.

In a joint statement, LRSP and the force said: “Death and serious injury has occurred previously when agricultural vehicles have deposited large amounts of mud onto the roads.

“Highways and Lincolnshire Police will take action against farming companies or individual operators to prevent hazardous incidents.”

The Highways Act 1980 makes it illegal to leave mud on the road and farmers face civil and criminal action if someone is injured or property is damaged as a result of an accident caused by a muddy road.

Ian Stancer of NFU (Holland) Lincolnshire Branch said: “It is the farmer or grower’s responsibility to clean roads when inevitably they get mud brought onto them during essential field operations.

“The majority of farmers take this responsibility very seriously as nobody wants anybody to be put in any unnecessary danger.

“But of course drivers need to have their own self-responsibility and drive according to the conditions and the vast majority of local drivers accept and understand that in an intensive agricultural and horticultural area such as ours, extra vigilance is a necessary compromise.”