OPERATORS of farming and construction vehicles in South Craven are being warned about the dangers of leaving mud deposits on roads.

North Yorkshire County Council issued the message after receiving complaints from the public.

Highways chiefs say muddy roads create a serious safety hazard for motorists.

And the authority warns that offenders face hefty penalties.

County Councillor Don Mackenzie, executive member for highways, said: “Civil action can be taken where mud results in personal injury, damage to property, loss or inconvenience.

“It can constitute a public nuisance and loss or injury can result in a claim for negligence.

“The county council, as the highways authority, has a duty to protect the rights of road users. Section 149 of the Highways Act 1980 gives the highway authority the power to clean the road and recover the cost from the person causing the obstruction.”

Farmers and construction vehicle operators should remove excess mud from their vehicles before taking to the road, and ensure roads are cleaned as necessary during the working day and always at the end.

To report mud on the road, visit northyorks.gov.uk/potholes-and-road-condition-issues, e-mail Skipton@northyorks.gov.uk or call 01609 780780.