Highway Obstructions

 

It is an offence to obstruct the free passage of the highway.

Obstructions are objects which have been unlawfully placed on or which overhang the highway. Examples of such obstructions are given below:

  • builders' materials
  • overhanging tree branches, hedges and bushes
  • mud/debris on the road
  • mixing concrete/mortar on the highway
  • unauthorised vendors/traders
  • encroachment of highway boundaries
  • illegal signs
  • blocking a public right of way
  • overgrown plants and vegetation
  • crops growing on a public right of way

Encroachments are where ownership of areas of the highway has been unlawfully assumed. If a person without lawful authority or excuse in any way wilfully obstructs the free passage along a highway, they are guilty of an offence. In such cases the Highway Authority has legal powers to enforce their removal.

Report an obstruction on a highway