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Roads - obstructions
The County Council endeavours to keep the roads clear of dangerous obstructions and spillages whenever they occur or are reported.
County Council Responsibility
The County Council will make the road surface condition safe and clear where obstructions and spillages could cause an immediate hazard to road users or the environment.
The removal of obstructions and spillages can cause great expense to the Council. Wherever possible we try to recover costs from the person who has caused the problem. If you see someone cause an obstruction or spillage on the road, it would be helpful if you could report this to us as soon as possible providing as much information as possible, including:
If a person without lawful authority or excuse wilfully obstructs the free passage of cars along a highway, they are guilty of an offence under Section 137 Highways Act 1980. In such cases the County Council, as Highway Authority, has legal power to enforce their removal.
A magistrate's court can impose a maximum fine of £1,000 for anyone convicted of wilfully obstructing the highway.
An obstruction is anything that you think could be a danger to road users, or could hold up traffic. Obstructions on the highway come in many forms, they include:
We will remove dangerous obstructions as soon as possible, however, in a county the size of North Yorkshire obstructions can occur without our knowledge. As a user of the road network, please drive carefully and be observant of road conditions and report any problems to us as soon as possible.
Obstructions - frequently asked questions