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PostSubject: DRIVERS CODE OF CONDUCT   Sun Jul 29, 2012 3:57 pm

DRIVERSCODE OF CONDUCT
Ø Use only rights of way with known, proven or provable vehicular
rights. If challenged, discuss; if not resolved, then leave as requested
until status is rechecked.


Ø Keep to the defined track. Detour only to pass immovable obstructions.
Report any obstructions (including low branches) to the highway
authority and the local GLASS Area Representative. Be critical of your
own abilities and equipment when assessing an obstruction; it is your
right to abate a non-lawful obstruction, but do not commit yourself to a
bigger task than you are equipped for.


Ø If the route is not obvious on the ground, ask locally, or check on
the maps held at the highway authority offices or consult the local
GLASS Area Representative.


Ø Travel at a quiet and unobtrusive pace and as slowly as practicable;
we recommend a maximum of 12 mph when in a 4x4 and on an Unsurfaced
Right of Way (URoW). Ensure your vehicle is fully road-legal, URoW are
subject to the same laws as surfaced roads.


Ø When travelling in groups, keep to a small number - four or less.
Split larger parties up and either use a different route or allow a good
interval to elapse before following.


Ø Do not travel on URoW when they risk being affected beyond a point of
natural recovery once the weather improves. If need be, walk some or all
of the route first to determine its suitability. Do not use URoW that
maybe damaged by the wheel pressure applied by your vehicle.


Ø Avoid damage to trees, hedgerows and boundaries. Some roads carry vehicular rights but are physically too narrow for 4x4s.


Ø Do not practice recovery techniques on any URoW. Use a winch only with
extreme caution, and use only the correct equipment and techniques.


Ø Be courteous to other road users - pull over and stop your vehicle for
walkers, but pull over, stop your vehicle and switch off the engine for
passing horses. Thank those who move over for you.


Ø After consultations with Country Landowners Association and National
Farmers Union HQ’s, "best practice" dictates that gates if they were
found to be secured in an open position should be left open, and those
which are found shut or swinging should be shut behind you; the
landowner might appreciate being told about a gate insecurely propped
open if you see them.


Ø Keep dogs and children under supervision. Watch out for injured or
trapped animals, and report all suspicious events to the landholder.


Ø Guard against all risks of fire.


Ø Take your litter home and that left by others if you see it, wherever
practicable. Plastic bags can suffocate stock if swallowed.


Ø Help to keep all water clean.


Ø Remember that wildlife faces many threats and URoW are valuable habitats, take special care in spring and early summer.


Ø Follow the Country Code, but be aware that it is for your guidance only.


and please look after the reivers-4x4 Forum name when on the lanes as the name affects us all
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