07:00 Friday 29 November 2013

Petition calls for action over mud on roads

Written byJORDAN DAY

Generic picture of mud on a road Generic picture of mud on a road

A petition has been launched calling for tougher action on those who leave mud on roads.

Littleport resident Graeme Wigglesworth is so fed up with people such as farmers and construction workers not cleaning up the mud they leave on roads that he’s launched an online campaign.

His e-petition is calling on the Department for Transport to get tougher on those responsible by enforcing sections 137, 148 and 161 of the Highways Act 1980.

Mr Wigglesworth, 39, said: “There have been quite a lot of car accidents in the Ely and Fenland area recently where the main cause has been mud on the road.

“Lots of local people, like myself, are fed up with farmers and construction workers not cleaning up the mud they leave behind and it’s got to stop. It causes accidents and nothing is really being done to make it stop.

“The police say they can only caution those responsible but they need to be taking stricter action.

“Mud on roads causes issues for all drivers, as well as motorcyclists and cyclists, and that’s why I’ve launched the petition.”

To date, the petition has been signed by more than 100 people. Its closing date is November 20, 2014 and if 100,000 people have signed it by then it would be discussed in Parliament.

Mr Wigglesworth said: “If you’re sick of roads in your area being covered in mud then I’d urge you to sign this petition.”

It comes just weeks after there were two car accidents within hours of each other on the A142 at Witchford because thick mud was left on the busy route.

At the time, a Cambridgeshire Police spokeswoman said the only real powers officers have is to caution those responsible.

To see the petition, visit www.epetitions.direct.gov.uk/petitions/57307.

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