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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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Did you used to green lane in the 80s or 90s or early 2000’s? Do you know anyone who did? If so please email our Magazine Editor via our contact page under GLASS Officers. Thanks.

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"The Green Lane Association is a national user group protecting our heritage of ancient vehicular rights of way and promoting sensible driving in the countryside"

GLASS was registered as Green Lane Association Limited on 18/2/2005. The 2004 AGM resolved to incorporate the Association as a limited company with the following in mind;

'Limited' means that the liability of GLASS members and officers is limited; so that in a litigious world they are protected from personal financial risk.

'Incorporated' means that Courts, etc. will legally recognise GLASS as a body.


Technically, GLASS is a 'private company limited by guarantee'. This means there are no shares, and so no shareholders as such. Association members fulfill a similar role; electing directors, voting on constitutional or policy matters.


The law requires a limited company to deposit at Companies House a set of rules and regulations, describing the general aims and powers of the company, and so on. These form the 'Memorandum of Association'.


The law requires a limited company to have Directors. The 'Articles of Association' describe how directors are appointed - election by members in general meeting. Current directors are listed on the Committee page.


The Directors are responsible for seeing that the Association is run according to the law and according to its own rules and policies. In practice, GLASS' Board of Directors is kept small and retains a supervisory role only.


The day-to-day running of GLASS is entrusted to an Executive Committee, elected by the membership, and empowered to appoint additional officers with specific areas of responsibility. GLASS is run by and for members, with no paid staff. The more detailed 'Rules of the Association' govern the activities of the EC and all members, these are our 'handbook'.