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Myth busters

Many green lanes show very little signs of use, contrary to the media image of convoys of 4x4 destroying the countryside. Sadly this has become popular belief, so much is the power of the press.

Myth busters

Many lanes can take sustained use of rercreational vehciular traffic. Even lanes with a soft surface can take a certain amount of traffic leaving very little evidence of their passing. With a change of attitude and co-operation, we can all co-exist without TROs.

Myth busters

Not all green lanes are tight and narrow. Many have widths of over 40 feet, much like the rest of the minor road network. Just because they escaped being covered in tarmacadem doesn’t make them any different.

Myth busters

Byways are for all classes of user. It is the highest class of right of way and recreational vehicular users should respect all other users. Restricted Byways are for all users except recreational vehicular users, but there are sometimes exceptions to this rule.

Myth busters

The definition of a Byway Open to All Traffic (BOAT) is a highway over which the public have a right of way for vehicular and all other kinds of traffic but which is used by the public mainly for the purposes for which footpaths and bridleways are used.

Myth busters

Many unsealed roads are actually surfaced. This one is a flint track, the flint coming from the surrounding fields. Each parish would have been responsible in the past for the upkeep of their roads. Many still more sustainable than their tarmac cousins.

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New to green laning?
Here's a brief overview of what unsurfaced roads you can and can't drive

Put simply, you are legally entitled to drive BOATs (Byway Open to All Traffic) and UCRs (Unclassified County Roads), more commonly referred to as ORPAs (Other Route with Public Access) which is the term the OS use to describe UCRs.

OS key

You vehicle must be road legal (i.e. taxed and insured), and you must drive with due care and attention at a quiet and unobtrusive pace. Please pull over to let other users pass and switch off engines for horses. Be polite and courteous at all times. Remember our right to drive on unsurfaced roads is a fragile one, one that many want to remove permanently. Please respect the surface of the road and do not attempt to drive it if you are likely to cause damage.

Please refer to our Code of Conduct.

 

Restrictions

Some roads maybe closed to traffic by use of a TRO (Traffic Regulation Order). These might be permanent, temporary or seasonal. Do not drive a road if you see this sign at the end. A red circle legally means 'do not'. In the example below, a car and motorcycle inside a red circle means no cars or motorcycles. The sign under it excepts motorcycles in summer months. Sometimes you might see just a car inside the red circle. This simply means 'no cars'. 

TRO Sign 

Other closures are Voluntary Restraints (VR). Ususally a sign similar to the picture below, but they may vary. it is not an order, just a request however there is probably a good reason for the temporary closure so please take heed. Passing a VR sign could lead to a permanent closure.

VR2

 

 

Roads you can't drive

Restricted Byways (RB) used to be called RuPPs (Road Used as a Public Path). The NERC Act removed vehicular rights from these routes in 2006 unless you can prove certain exceptions apply, so some may still be vehicular even though the OS Key states (Not for use by mechanically propelled vehicles). Is is illegal to drive a RB, Bridleway or Footpath unless you can prove (i.e. have evidence that will stand in court) vehicular rights have not been lost. The detail is here for those who are interested. Further information can be found on the DEFRA site.