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Mud on the highway

Hazards caused by mud and dirt on the highway.

Mud and other dirt from vehicles and animals is a potential hazard to other road users, and can be the cause of accidents.

If we consider the mud to be a potential hazard, we will contact the farmer or landowner responsible and ask for the mud to be removed. If it is not removed within a reasonable time, then we may arrange for the work to be done and charge the person responsible.

Report mud on the highway online

You can report mud on the highway, as well as other street problems, through our online reporting tool Fixmystreet.

Or contact the Highway Enquiries Team to report a problem.


It is an offence to allow soil or refuse from land adjacent to a public highway to fall, be washed, or carried onto the road (under the Highways Act 1980). The police have the powers under the Road Traffic Act to force its removal.