Danger of mud on the road

ANGUS Council and Tayside Police are urging drivers and operators of heavy plant and agricultural vehicles to be aware of the problems caused by mud deposits on the roads and to act responsibly and clear it up quickly.

Failing to clean up and remove mud and debris from the road can be an offence under the Roads (Scotland) Act.

Angus Council’s roads spokesperson councillor David May urged farmers and contractors to clear any mess left on the roads as quickly as possible.

He said: “This is a problem across the country and everyone appreciates that farmers and contractors need to move their machines from field to field.

“However, it is vital that any mess left on the road is cleared away as soon as possible because it can pose a real danger to drivers and motorcyclists who can be caught unawares and lose control of their vehicle.

“I urge operators of agricultural machinery to remember their responsibilities and take appropriate action to warn drivers with appropriately placed signs but more importantly to get any mud or debris off the road as swiftly as possible.”

Inspector Grant Edward, head of eastern division road policing unit, echoed councillor May’s comments saying: “Tayside Police, in conjunction with Angus Council as the area’s roads authority, has an agreed procedure to deal with any reported instances of mud on the road.

“This may result in the council arranging to clean the road with the costs then being recovered from the party responsible, and where necessary, tractor drivers and operators will be charged and reported to the Procurator Fiscal.

“We will not hesitate to take robust action where the safety of road users is being put at risk.”