Green fields highlighted by sunrays through heavy clouds from Curbar Edge

Illegal use

Narrow country road surround by fields and deciduous woodland

Illegal use may take place:

  • on routes which carry no vehicle rights (such as footpaths or bridleways)
  • on routes with legal restrictions
  • on land adjacent to routes with vehicle access.

The highway authorities maintain records of the legal status of routes.

Police action can range from issuing warning notices for first-time offenders to confiscating vehicles for repeat offenders.

Green lanes are subject to exactly the same rules as a normal surfaced road. Users and their vehicle should be road legal. For example, they should ensure:

  • their vehicle is road legal
  • they are have a full and valid driving licence
  • they are insured
  • they have road tax
  • their vehicle has legal number plates

How to prevent illegal use

  1. Encourage responsible use through membership of a motor vehicle club
  2. Telephone the police on 101 (the number for non-emergency crime) if you see vehicle users:
  • leaving the track to drive or ride on open land
  • driving or riding on footpaths, bridleways or restricted routes
  • driving or riding in a vehicle that is not road legal

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