In recent years, the general shift in weather patterns in some parts of the country has led to longer and wetter periods of weather, with a noticeable adverse effect on the surface condition of unsealed roads. LARA is trialling a 'Wet Weather Voluntary Restraint Scheme'.
For more information on the LARA wet weather voluntary restraint scheme, click here.
Any LARA member club may be asked to consider 'voluntary restraint' on a green road, or they may feel that they should put the idea forward themselves. This idea will only work if any signs are obeyed by all motorised users, and therefore everyone must have confidence that only genuine signs are erected. In case of doubt, everyone must be able to check what is going on. Please follow these instructions, and try to get the answer YES to all these questions. If this is not possible contact LARA HQ at the address below for advice.
Guidance is also to be found in 'Making the Best of Byways' - DEFRA, 1997.
1 - Is it relevant
Restraint must be likely to solve a real problem (not just as punishment for overuse, or as a short cut to a TRO).
2. Is it Minimal?
It must not extend beyond what is needed (if bikes are not a problem, do not include them).
3. Is it Finite?
It must be for a maximum of 3 months, but then renewable (for a further 3 months only) if progress is being made and more time can be seen to be needed.
4. Is is Non-threatening?
Have the highway authority agreed that Voluntary Restraint shall not prejudice highway rights (see below).
5. Is is Legal?
Written authority for the signs must be given by the highway authority (see below).
6. Is it Comprehensive?
Other users contributing to the problem must also agree to restraint by some formal system.
7. Do we all Agree?
It must be agreed by all local LARA clubs
8. Is it User-led?
Any adverts and publicity must be in the name of LARA.
9. Are there Alternative Routes?
Neighbouring alternatives must be unobstructed and clearly available.
Click here for the form to print and post.
Click here to see where the scheme is in operation.
Codes of Conduct
Many organisations have their own Code of Conduct. LARA member organisations are no different. Some highway authorities proactivily encourage motorised users to follow a code of conduct and go to the trouble of producing their own for distribution. Anyone is welcome to use the following examples as a guide for producing their own but it is well to remember that legislation changes over time and the good advice of three years ago may now need revising. Should you be planning a Code of Conduct for your motorsport club or highway authority please feel free to contact LARA at 'firstname.lastname@example.org' for the best assistance.