THE Government are reported to be considering new laws which would end one of the longest running controversies in the Yorkshire Dales: the use of ancient "green lanes" for fun by 4 x 4 off-road vehicles and trial motor bikes.
Such vehicles have reduced to quagmires many ancient lanes going back to the days of horse and cart. But because they were designated as legal rights of way before the motor car was invented, local authorities have been unable to ban them.
Now, it is reported that the Government will bring in new laws this autumn to restrict traffic on such lanes to local farm vehicles, walkers and horse-riders.
Such legislation would be a great relief to the Yorkshire Dales National Park, which has been spending large sums on lawyers fees in an attempt to find a way out of the problem, but will infuriate leisure users of 4 x 4s - who are the largest contributors of angry letters to our Have Your Say pages.