Road mirrors on or next to the public highway are not normally recommended as they can be:
- misleading at night when reflecting headlights
- damaged by vandals or by accident
- affected by glare from sunlight
- sometimes obscured by condensation and dirt
- confusing for non-local motorists
- difficult to site satisfactorily
- misleading due to difficulties of judging speed and distance
- requests for road mirrors at or for the benefit of private entrances will not be approved and should not be put up on the public highway.
- any mirrors put up without permission may be removed.
- any mirror erected for the benefit of a private entrance must be sited on private land with the approval of the landowner and not interfere with use of the highway.
- you may need to get planning permission in order to erect such a mirror.
- whilst we would typically avoid the use of mirrors on the highway for the reasons set out above, in exceptional circumstances we may authorise their use at a junction or crossroad where both roads are public highways. Such use would only be considered where there is a clear case that the mirror would positively contribute to or address an existing road safety concern
- any authorisation would be granted initially for a 12 month trial period. Permanent installation would be based on evidence of how effective the mirror has been as a road safety measure
If you would like to discuss road mirrors further, please contact the Highway Management Team on 0121 704 8004.