Cleaner Safer Highways

cleaner safer highways

Dangers Include:

  • Mud on the road
  • Broken branches, hedge cuttings and thorns
  • Harvest spillage like potatoes or maize
  • Diesel or oil spillages
  • Cattle crossing; mud from hooves and other deposits
  • Farmers cutting trees on or nearby bends
  • Signage obscured due to overgrown hedges or trees
  • Icy conditions caused by surface water run-off
  • Blocked gullies caused by mud and debris

What is the impact of leaving debris on the road?

  • Increased number of serious injury or fatal road collisions
  • Damage to vehicles
  • Damage to the road surface
  • Motorcyclists are particularly vulnerable to

What must you do to comply with the law?

Do everything possible to prevent mud being deposited on the road. This includes cleaning mud from vehicles, as far as practicable, before they are taken on to the road. Clean the road as necessary during the working day and always at the end of the working day. If there is a danger of mud being accidently deposited on the roads, use authorised signs to alert other road users.

We can help you

The Staffordshire Safer Roads Partnership is providing signage for the use of farmers and building contractors when the occasion arrives that you cannot avoid spilling debris onto the highway. You should locate these safely on the road prior to the start of work where you are expected to deposit debris. Ensure signs are clearly visible and secure and will not be blown over by wind or passing traffic. At the end of the day or when the work is completed, whichever is sooner, you must clear the highway of debris to make it safe before removing the signage. The process will be explained to you when you receive the signage.

hazard sign

The temporary signs are available from the Staffordshire County Council Road Safety Unit by contacting 03001 118012. The signs will be delivered to you with information to support you in the process of keeping the highway clear of mud and debris.