Obstructions on the verge

Obstructions on a verge, footpath or thoroughfare may cause a hazard to pedestrians and road users. There are two types of obstruction.

Physical

Some examples of verge obstructions include:

  • Bollards
  • Bricks
  • Rocks
  • Stakes
  • Roped off areas.

Vegetation

Plants and shrubs on verges can become overgrown and create a sight obstruction to traffic and a hazard to pedestrians. Overgrown sharp or thorny plants can also create a hazard to pedestrians.

Plants along a verge need to be trimmed back and maintained to prevent them from encroaching over onto the footpath or from creating a barrier that prevents drivers having a clear view to oncoming traffic.