Obstruction by a motor vehicle

If an obstruction is caused by a vehicle illegally parking (on yellow lines) email our Parking Services team for advice.

Other issues of obstruction of the highway by a motor vehicle (eg: blocking of driveways, abandoned vehicles) are dealt with by the police who can be contacted by phoning 101.

Other obstructions and blockages

Highways must be kept clear of obstructions for safety reasons and because members of the public have a legal right to pass over a public highway. No scaffolding, skips, hoardings etc can be placed on the highway unless a relevant licence has been obtained. 

A public highway should never be blocked by gates or fencing unless a legal stopping up (highway closure) order has been obtained.

Bolton Council has the power to serve notice on a person who commits an offence of wilful obstruction on the highway. In certain circumstances the courts allow the highway authority to remove obstructions and recover reasonable costs incured in doing so from the offender. This includes the cutting back of trees, hedges etc which are overhanging onto the public highway creating a hazard.

To report an obstruction on the public highway please complete our online form with details. An inspector will visit the location within five working days and determine what action is required.

Report an obstruction on the public highway


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