Farmers are being called on to help keep Lincolnshire’s roads mud-free this winter.
Lincolnshire is a rural county heavily reliant on agriculture, and it is accepted that farm traffic has to use the roads. However it is important that the highway is kept in a safe condition for motorists to use.
Coun William Webb, executive councillor, said: “When farmers are harvesting crops of potatoes, sugar beet, cabbages and other crops, they are taking them from muddy fields onto and across roads to store, and in some cases the roads are getting muddy and dangerous for motorists to use.
“To keep roads safe, clean and clear please try to not put mud on the roads in the first place.
“If you do leave mud on the road, please clean it during and at the end of the day.
“Farmers should have plant available to clean up roads, and put up warning signs in a safe location before doing so.
“As a former farmer myself I understand what needs to be done. At the same time farmers must be responsible and clean up after themselves.”
Insp Nigel Key, of Lincolnshire Police’s Roads Policing Unit, said: “I urge drivers and motorcyclists to drive to seasonal conditions and expect at this time of the year for roads to be more slippery than usual, irrespective of how well farmers clean up after themselves.
“In general, most farmers take this responsibility seriously but road users should bear in mind that Lincolnshire is an extremely rural county and it is inevitable that our roads will get muddy”.
For more information download the Safe, Clean and Clear leaflet: http://www.lincolnshire.gov.uk/download/20139
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