Plea to keep roads clear of mud

Published on Tuesday 20 August 2019

We are appealing to drivers of heavy plant and agricultural vehicles in Angus to clean up after using the area's roads.

In the midst of what is a particularly wet August, farmers and other operators of plant and heavy vehicles continue to work in all weathers. Moving from field to field, or off-road to on-road can lead to trails of mud being left on the road, which can make driving hazardous for all road users.

The problem is not unique to Angus but we ask heavy plant and tractor drivers to clean up and remove any mud on the road as soon as practicably possible and remind them that failure to do so is an offence under the Roads (Scotland) Act.

While it may sound trivial, an excess of mud on the road can cause difficulty for drivers and motorcyclists who might be caught unaware and lose control of their vehicle.

We ask all operators of agricultural machines to remember their responsibility and take act accordingly. Putting out warning signs about mud on the road is good practice, but does not excuse mud being left on the road for hours or days, or remove liability in the event of an incident.

We work closely with Police Scotland to deal with instances of mud on the road. Where we have to clean the road, we will seek to recover the costs from whoever is responsible. Where necessary, owners, drivers and operators of the vehicles responsible will be charged by the police and reported.

Please help us to keep our roads clear and safe for all road users.