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Be aware of mud on roads

FIFE POLICE are urging all drivers and operators of agricultural vehicles to be aware of the problems caused by mud on the roads.

Officers have found several roads to be in a treacherous condition with significant deposits of mud. Farmers have a clear obligation to ensure the roadway is cleared and kept safe under Section 95 of the Roads (Scotland) Act 1984.

Inspector Brenda Sinclair, Deputy Head of Road Policing said: "While we appreciate that farmers and contractors need to move their machines around, they must also recognise the need to clear any mess left on the road as soon as possible.

"Mud on the roads puts the safety of all road users at risk and could result in serious consequences for drivers, motorcyclists and cyclists, who are caught unaware and could potentially lose control.

"Putting signs out is good practice, however any mess must be removed as soon as possible. Leaving the clearing up until the end of the day is not acceptable and could result in formal police action being taken.

"In conjunction with Fife Council, we have an agreed procedure to deal with any instances of mud on the road, which may result in Fife Council arranging to clean the road with the costs then being recovered from the farmer. Where necessary, tractor drivers and operators will be charged and reported to the Procurator Fiscal.

"My advice to all operators of agricultural machines is simple – remember your responsibility and take action."

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