New 'Snow Code' guide for residents
Published 22/10/2010 | 11:30
Residents worried about legal action if they clear snow and ice from approaches to their home have been given clear Government guidance in a new "Snow Code".
Also designed for shopkeepers, the code explains there is no law preventing someone clearing snow and ice on pavements, pathways and public spaces.
Last winter, some people were deterred from tackling icy pavements as they feared being sued by anyone slipping over outside their home.
But the code said that as long as people used common sense and did not make things more dangerous they need not fear legal action and that people who walked on areas affected by bad weather had a responsibility to be careful themselves.
Transport Secretary Philip Hammond said: "People were put off taking simple neighbourly action last year because they feared getting sued and that's clearly not right.
"That's why we have produced a common-sense guide to help shopkeepers and residents who want to clear paths without having to worry about falling foul of health and safety law.
"There's a feeling that health and safety culture has got out of control in recent years and it's time to get the balance right.
"People need to know it's extremely unlikely they will be sued for helping the community and clearing snow from the pavement and that Government is on their side."