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.