The Highways Act 1980 is a UK law that outlines the powers and responsibilities of local authorities and highway authorities in relation to highways, roads, and other public rights of way.
Some of the key provisions of the act include:
– The duty of local authorities to maintain highways and ensure they are safe for public use
– The powers of highway authorities to construct new highways and maintain existing ones
– The regulation of public rights of way, including footpaths, bridleways, and byways
– The enforcement of regulations related to the use of highways, including speed limits and parking restrictions
– The provision of road signs and markings to regulate traffic flow and improve safety on highways
– The management of public works and utilities on highways to minimize disruption and damage to the infrastructure.
Overall, the Highways Act 1980 aims to ensure that the UK’s highway network is safe, well-maintained, and accessible to all members of the public.