As winter road gritting gets fully under way with night-time temperatures often falling below zero, motorists are being urged to be considerate about where they park their vehicles.
The £7m winter maintenance budget will see 54% of the roads gritted in North Yorkshire, which has one of England’s largest and in places most remote road networks.
North Yorkshire County Council is aware on-street parking will be present on some gritting routes, but on narrow roads and streets it is asking drivers to park considerately to allow gritters to pass unobstructed.
County Councillor Don Mackenzie, executive member for highways, said: “So far this year two routes have been partially affected because the gritter wagon couldn’t get through, which is not only dangerous for motorists having to drive on untreated roads but, if our vehicle couldn’t get through, then fire engines or ambulances would also have the same problem.
"We do understand that many drivers have to park on the public highway, but ask that every care be taken to ensure that they do so while leaving plenty of space for larger vehicles - like our gritters - to get past. We may highlight this by placing signs on roads which have given access problems in the past."
Further information on gritting routes, road cameras, maps and videos explaining the council’s operations can be found at www.northyorks.gov.uk/gritting
Advice for drivers about preparing for winter driving can be found at www.northyorks.gov.uk/safe-winter-driving