waymo team up with Jaguar Land Rover

Jaguar Land Rover lands deal to supply self-driving cars to Waymo

Early this morning at Chelsea Piers in New York City, the CEO of Waymo, John Krafcik announced a new model of car powered by their own self-driving technology. Waymo has partnered with Jaguar Land Rover to bring the Waymo-outfitted Jaguar I-PACE to the public, it is already being dubbed the worlds first premium fully self driving car.

Waymo revealed plans to outfit 20,000 units to be used for a public self-driving service over the next few years, a service which will offer in excess of 1 million rides per day.

Waymo’s lineup features six models, including a small car, an SUV, a firefly prototype, a minivan and a semi-truck for operations.

At the reveal John Krafcik said “We want to build a self-driving car for every passenger and every trip.”

Krafcik also stated that the Jaguar Land Rover model has a bigger battery which would allow the car to drive all day. Moreover, this partnership signals a move across the Atlantic for Waymo, expressing interest in bringing self-driving cars over to Europe.

Waymo has already announced that Waymo would bring self-driving service to the public in 2018.

As part of the deal with Jaguar, Waymo plans to have 20,000 units on the streets, starting in Phoenix with about 100 square mile area, roughly one-sixth of the Phoenix metropolitan area.

Krafcik was extremely vague at the event when asked how many cities he’d like to see Waymo in in the next two years. “More,” he said simply.

This comes at a time when self-driving tech is having a bit of a publicity crisis. One of Uber’s self-driving cars was recently involved in a fatal collision with a pedestrian, which may slow public adoption of the technology.

In turn, Uber’s self-driving testing has been suspended in the state of Arizona, where many AV companies test their fleet.

When asked about the accident at today’s press event, Krafcik fell back on Waymo’s comments from this weekend.

“We made some comments over the weekend over the situation in Arizona, and those comments suffice for now,” said Krafcik. “Today, we’re talking about moving forward into the future with technology we’re very confident in, with the I-PACE, and integration of our driver with I-PACE is a safe benchmark for the world.”

Earlier this year, Waymo placed an order for even more Chrysler Pacifica minivans from FCA to outfit its self-driving fleet. This is on top of the original 500 vehicles already supplied to Waymo, as the company begins to ramp up to its 2018 public launch.

Moreover, these companies seem to be racing to launch public fleets first. GM’s Cruise fleet is supposed to launch in 2019, with Uber working to get their fleet out by mid-2019.

This also comes on the heels of a long and gritty legal battle between Uber and Waymo over self-driving IP, which was settled in February.

 

4x4 driver ruins childrens football pitch

Off-Piste 4×4 Driver Ruins Football Pitch With Range Rover

Football matches could be postponed after a “mindless” Range Rover driver ripped up a village pitch in his 4×4 vehicle. The incident was witnessed by Pendle Forest Sports Club chairman Darren Helliwell at around 8-45pm on Monday.

The chairman said:

I was in the clubhouse emptying dehumidifiers from an earlier flood we’d had when I heard the car. “I couldn’t believe my eyes when I saw it doing ‘doughnuts’ from one goalmouth to the other. How anybody in their right minds can think that’s acceptable is beyond me.

The pitch is absolutely ruined and we may have to cancel our spring and summer matches that were planned for the local children. I’m disgusted. If it was kids on motorbikes you could maybe understand it, but this was obviously a grown adult. It’s pathetic, they’re old enough to know better.

Mr Helliwell caught a good look at the driver as well as noting the vehicle’s registration number which has now forwarded to the police who are investigating.

The football posts were up on the pitch so there’s no excuse for whoever did this. They cannot plead ignorance that it was just a field. We will now have to assess the damage and how much it will cost to repair. Some of the indents are up to 30cm deep. It’s disgraceful.

If you or anybody has any information please call the police on 101 or Crimestoppers, in confidence, on 0800 555 111.

ACCT ammonia creation technology

Diesel Engines Could Be Saved By New Simple Exhaust Technology

The Diesel engine is under threat due to strict emissions restrictions and the push for cleaner air, however all that could change if researchers at a British University get their way.

Not so long ago our Government were advocating the use of diesel powered engines over petrol, claiming that the diesel engine was better for the environment mainly due to the fact that a diesel engine has better miles per gallon and produces less CO2 than its counterpart.

We have now seen a massive U-turn in the government toward diesel engines and they are calling for them to be phased out and replaced with electric powertrains.

Researchers at Loughborough University have reportedly developed a new simple exhaust technology that could virtually eliminate the problem of harmful nitrogen oxides from combustion engines, the result is a combustion-powered car that emits little more harmful particulates than an EV.

The team behind the project claim that the new technology is nullifying 98 per cent of toxic diesel NOx emissions prior to any tuning or tweaking for optimal results. The team tested the new exhaust system on a Skoda Diesel and reported a 98-percent reduction in NOx with no tuning to suit the Skoda engine. If properly dialed in, they could create a “virtually zero-emission” diesel engine.

The new technology known as ACCT, or Ammonia Creation and Conversion Technology, separates nitrogen and oxygen using ammonia. Adblue is an urea-based liquid, which is injected into the exhaust system, at best this will clean around 60-percent of the harmful NOx emissions in Euro 6 compliant diesel engines.

ACCT is an AdBlue™ conversion technology that uses waste energy to modify AdBlue™ to work effectively at lower exhaust temperatures.

By greatly extending the temperature range at which SCR systems can operate, it significantly enhances existing NOx reduction systems.

ACCT uses decomposed Adblue to create and store a new solution, this is then used to introduce ammonia to the SCR system at low exhaust temperatures. Using this process the only waste product is nitrogen, which makes up around 78 per cent of Earth’s atmosphere, and common water.

At present, NOx particles, which are produced mainly by diesel engines, are linked to over 70,000 premature deaths across the continent every year.

The above video shows how the system works, all the University boffins need now is for car manufacturers to jump on board.

 

 

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Steg’s Supplies New Tuning Product For Land Rover 200 / 300 TDi

Anyone with a Land Rover 200 or 300 TDi will be aware that the engines tend to lack power, however we have been secretly testing a product from Steg’s supplies that is set to be a real game changer for anyone with a sluggish agricultural engine!

The new tuning product takes less than two minutes to fit, even the least mechanically minded person could fit it. Whilst we have been sworn to secrecy about the latest innovation from Steg’s supplies, we can reveal that we gained a lot of power after fitting it.

Keep your eyes on Steg’s 4×4 because this is going to fly off the shelves and trust me when I say, you do not want to miss out on this!

If you can’t wait to get more gains from your Land Rover, then you can always try a Chris Mason Boost Pin or a Dynamic Advanced Timing Spacer from Nick Steggel. With both bits of kit fitted there has been a power increase of over 30bhp reported, this is backed up by a dyno test which a customer actually made a video of.

I wonder if they can hook me up with some wheelie bars!!

Peter Rabbit Series II Land Rover

Land Rover That Featured In Peter Rabbit Film Up For Auction

One of two 88″ versions used in Sony Pictures latest movie ‘Peter Rabbit’ is set to go under the hammer with H&H Classics auctions.

A Land Rover that featured in the new Peter Rabbit film is up for auction later this month, it could be yours for £10,000!

The 1969 Series II model was one of two models that appeared in the film, which is released in UK cinemas on March 16. The car is finished in iconic Pastel Green with refurbished tan seats.

two of the short wheeled base land rovers were used during filming.

two of the short wheeled base land rovers were used during filming.

The Series II features the 2.25-litre petrol engine and is one of the later production Series IIA models with the headlights moved to the wings and shallower sill panels.

This iconic vehicle which was owned by Action 99 Cars was used for filming location shots in the Lake District. During its time on set it had false number plates. It is described as being in “excellent condition” with a fresh MOT and is estimated to fetch between £10,000 and £15,000. Bidding will start at £5,000.

The fully refurbished Landy has new tan interior but needs new door rubbers!

The fully refurbished Landy has new tan interior but needs new door rubbers!

The vehicle is being auctioned off by H&H Classics on March 21 at an auction at the Imperial War Museum, Duxford, Cambridgeshire.

You can catch a glimpse of this Land Rover if you go and see Peter Rabbit in cinemas from this Friday!

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Do You Know Your ROW (Rights Of Way)?

Let’s face it, if you are on this website then you like to use public Rights Of Way (ROW). There are all sorts of rights of way on an OS map, ranging from footpaths to Byways Open To All Traffic. Lets have a look at all the different types of rights of way and establish what rights we do or don’t have as the case may be!

Rights Of Way Legend

  • Footpath – The green dashed line (on OS Explorer Maps) or pink dashed line (on OS Landranger Maps) are footpaths with public right of way. These footpaths are legally protected routes open to the public. Local authorities keep and maintain the definitive map of Rights of Way. These are the legal documents for the status and alignment of Rights of Way. Local Authorities pass details of amendments to the definitive map to Ordnance Survey for inclusion in our maps. Footpaths may cross private land and in such cases the footpath must be kept to, the public only have the right to walk along the footpath. If a landowner wishes to divert a public right of way they must obtain a legal order from the local authorities to amend the definitive map. Footpaths are sign posted, usually with yellow or green arrows.
  • Bridleway – Bridleways are also legally protected routes that the public have access to either on foot or on horseback.
    Cyclists can use bridleways however according to the Countryside Act 1968 there is no legal obligation to facilitate the cyclists on the routes. If pushbike riders use bridleways they must give way to other users.
    Bridleway signs can be recognised by the blue arrow.
  • Byway open to all traffic – These are the Rights of Way that will be of interest to Greenlaners, these byways are open to all forms of traffic as the title suggests. Pedestrians, horse riders, cyclists and motorised vehicles can use these routes. If you use these routes in a 4×4 or on a motorbike, it is worth noting that normal highway laws apply, this means the vehicle must be taxed, have an MOT certificate and be roadworthy. Insurance and a driving license is also required to use these ROW. BOAT’s are usually marked with a red arrow.
  • Restricted byway – These byways have restrictions in place which prevent users from traveling along them in motorised vehicles. You can only use restricted byways on foot, horseback, bicycle or horse drawn carriage.
  • Other public access route – Whilst these routes are rights of way, the exact permissions of the routes need to be checked with the local highway authority prior to traveling on one of these routes.
  • Recreational route – These routes are created by Local Authorities, Government Agencies or volunteer organisations, Usually these routes follow existing rights of way which are waymarked by the organisation that created the route.
  • National Trail / Long distance route – As the title suggests, these are long distance routes.  Restrictions apply, some will only be open to walkers, others may also be open to cyclists and horse riders.
  • Permissive footpath – A footpath which crosses over private land and isn’t a right of way. Permission for access will have been granted by the landowner, they have the right to withdraw permission at any time. These paths are usually closed for one day per year, doing so protects the landowner against any future claims of continuous public right of way. The date of closure will be well signed in the area or access.
  • Permissive bridleway – Exactly the same rules apply as with the permissive footpath. These routes cross private land with permissive access granted by the landowner.
  • Traffic free cycle route – A designated traffic free cycle route, these are not part of the national cycle network.
  • National cycle network – A national, sign posted cycle routes that are either on road or traffic free.
  • Danger area – These routes usually cross areas such as a military firing range, always adhere to the warning signs around the area! It is advised to contact the Ministry of Defence when planning your trip to find out about any restrictions in the area.
  • Managed access – This could also be on a military firing range and again the warning notices around the area need be observed and adhered to at all times. Access is restricted and managed in this area and you can contact the Ministry of Defence ahead of your trip to find out about any restrictions.
  • Open access land (England & Wales) – These areas in England Wales is shaded in yellow on the map. This is open access land and within this area you are free to roam, this means you do not have to stick to footpaths and trails running across this land. Boundaries to open access land is a thicker tan coloured line.
  • Right to Roam (Scotland) – The Land Reform (Scotland) Act 2003 gives the public the right to be on any land for recreational, educational and certain other purposes and to cross the land if exercised responsibly. In some circumstances it may be required that you get permission from the landowners, however you have the right to roam on foot, cycling or horse riding.  Dog walkers are permitted, however dogs must be kept under control at all times. Hunting, shooting, fishing or access to motorised vehicles is not permitted.

Whilst most of you are probably only interested in BOAT’s, it is useful to know your right’s of way. If you come across a blocked right of way or you are unsure about access, then your first port of call should be with the Rights of Way Officer with the local authority. They will hold the definitive list of the rights of way in that area and should be able to advise or help clear the route.

If you are looking to plan a ‘green laning’ day using ‘green roads’ or BOAT’s then check out our guide to planning a greenlaning route.

New to greenlaning? Check out or beginners guide to green laning

 

 

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Kahn’s 250k 6×6 Defender Really Is A Chelsea Tractor

Check out the new Kahn Design named the ‘Flying Huntsman’, it is a 6×6 Civillian Carrier, designed to carry nine people over the roughest terrains imaginable.

The enormous six wheeled drive off-roader started out as a Land Rover Defender 110 before Khan turned it into a 5.1 metre, 6×6 ultimate civilian carrier.

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You can get a Flying Huntsman fitted with a 2.2 litre diesel engine for £249,995 and take 8 of your family or friends out for a spin!

This is the first prototype made under the Chelsea Truck Company banner, which Kahn Design has committed to making those in the market for a six wheeled people carrier.

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At the Geneva Motor Show on Tuesday, Kahn stated: “The vehicle would not look out of place with London, Chelsea or New York-centric drivers, rock climbers and off-roaders at the helm, nor would it look weary in battle as troops speed into combat“.

The 6×6 Defender measures a whopping 5.1 metres long and is powered by a 170 horse-power 2.2-litre diesel engine with a max speed of 130mph, a more expensive version will be available that will have a 430 horse-power 6.2-litre V8 diesel under the bonnet. All six wheels are powered via a hi-lo ration drive system and locking differentials.

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The interior features a two, three, two, two seat layout, still leaving plenty of leg room and room for luggage. A version with full panoramic roof above the rear seating that starts from the B pillars and ends at the rear of the vehicle.The interior features high quality fabrics and materials from front to back creating a modern luxurious feel.

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Afzal Kahn, chief executive of Kahn Design, claims that the coach-built vehicle is ideal for big families and will be snapped up by collectors:

‘We are a fully independent British car company and it is an exciting time,’ he said.

‘The Civilian Carrier is a stunning six-wheel drive car, ideal for big families who enjoy spending time together in the great outdoors.

‘With extensive safety features and plenty of clever technology to make driving effortless, the Civilian Carrier could be the best choice for carrying family, friends and their luggage.’

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‘The Land Rover Defender is one of my top five favourite cars,’ he added.

‘There is something about it that makes you smile – it demands respect.’

Check out the prototype being built under the Chelsea Truck Company banner, which Kahn Design is aiming to sell to big families and collectors, let us know your thoughts…. Beauty or a Beast?

byway open to all traffic

Newbies Guide To Greenlaning

You have just brought a 4×4 and you are looking to do your first greenlane, so what do you need to know? This comprehensive guide will answer most questions you may have about your first time out green laning.

A Green lane trip may seem like a daunting experience, nobody wants to actually damage their vehicle or get stuck, however out of all the off-roading you can do, typically green laning is the least damaging as long as you approach it sensibly!

Green laning is great fun, but it needs to be done safely and legally, that’s why we have made this guide for you. So get reading and digesting then get out there and explore all the trails you can in a safe and responsible way.

Q/ What are green lanes?
A/ Green lanes are usually un-surfaced lanes, tracks or trails that are open for motorised vehicles to use. These ancient lanes also known as Byways are often overgrown and network around the countryside which is where they gained the unofficial name of ‘Greenlanes’ or ‘Green Roads’. When plotting a route you are looking for Byways Open To All Traffic (BOAT’s) or Unclassified Country Roads (UCR).

Q/ Do I need Tax and MOT to drive a Green lane?
A/ Greenlanes are actually public highways and as such you need to abide by the same laws which are applicable to main roads, so you need tax, MOT and insurance as well as a current driving license. You vehicle must be road worthy when traveling on byways.

Q/ My vehicle is legal does this mean I can drive any green lane?
A/ Not all byways are open to motorised traffic, some of them may have had a Traffic Regulation Order on them (TRO). It is up to you to make sure that a greenlane is open to all traffic and does not have any restrictions in place. It is also worth checking that the lane is suitable for your vehicle.

Q/ How do I find green lanes?
A/ There are a few tried and tested methods to finding greenlanes which are listed below:

Join local clubs – Local information is often the best
Join Facebook groups or websites pertaining to Green laning – Often there are localised groups that are worth joining to organise trips or gain local knowledge on specific lanes.
Buy and OS map of the area you wish to go laning – OS maps can fast become outdated, always check with a definitive map or local council that the lanes do not have TRO’s.
Try Trailwise – Its free to use, however if you join GLASS, TRF or CALM you will have access to more features. For more information on using Trailwise and the memberships etc, check our guide on ‘Planning a route the easy way‘.

Q/ I have found some greenlanes, now what?
A/
You have joined some groups, you have planned a route and checked they do not have any restrictions, now you need to make sure you and vehicle are prepared to go laning!

Basic Fundamentals:
Fully charged mobile phone / phone charger.
First Aid Kit
Suitable off road Jack such as a Hi-Lift Jack
Spare wheel and wheel brace
Food and drink
Basic Tool kit
Suitable clothing and footwear
Satnav and mapping applications, paper maps.

Recovery:
Make sure your vehicle is reliable and roadworthy.
Carry recovery gear such as strops, shackles, ropes and possibly some digging equipment such as a shovel.
Consider a winch, if you do not wish to spend out on a winch right away, a Hi Lift Jack or Tirfor would suffice for the interim. Long term a winch is a good investment.
Waffle boards or mats are useful in the event you lose traction.

Vehicle Accessories:

Not essential, but would certainly help on some of the more challenging lanes.

Diff guards
Rock sliders
Axle Breathers
Snorkel
CB radio

Q/ Got all that now what?
A/ Never go out alone, but you are now ready to go out there and have some fun! Just remember the following:

Remember it is a public high way and a shared route, so respect others and give way to pedestrians and horse riders.
Make sure you check that the green lane is open for you to use
Stay on the track… Do not go off-piste!!
Keep to a nice slow speed.
A maximum of 5 -7 vehicles in recommend in convoy, if there are trucks split up into groups to keep numbers down.
Respect the the countryside, if the weather has been bad for long periods, avoid lanes that suffer from water damage.
Always ensure some one knows where you are, having said that you should never go laning alone.
Carry all the listed gear and more. Be prepared!
Avoid driving extremely damaged green lanes, we do not want more lanes being closed for good.

Last but not least, go out there and have fun!

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Hero 4×4 Driver Calls For Decrease In Road Tax

During the recent snow storms that brought the country to its knees last week, an army of 4×4 drivers took to the roads to help those in need. All over the internet videos were popping up of 4×4’s towing lorries to safety, pulling cars out of ditches, ferrying people to and from Hospitals, railway stations and aiding the Emergency services.

All over the Facebook ‘Off roading’ community groups brave 4×4 drivers have been telling how they have generously spent their free time and fuel helping those in need:

Richie J Tatman: “Since half 2 Thursday I’ve been out till midnight and up at half 6 doing runs for the NHS getting staff to and from the hospital between that was helping care workers get round to see the elderly and make sure they had everything they needed. Been rescuing cars and lorries and vans out the way to keep traffic all around Exeter and surrounding areas. Been helping friends get to and from as well”

Marcus Blakeley: “300tdi disco been towing people up hills in Willand and Cullomoton also a lorry getting though Willand and a few recovery dragging people out of snow drifts let’s say I’ve had hardly any sleep and I’m feeling it today lol”

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Bradley Turner: “200tdi Land Rover 90. Taking elderly people shopping. Giving people lifts to and from work helping people get there cars out. Taking people to there animal(horses)”

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Adam Pagett:Drove a doctor around Tiverton area calling on urgent patients, delivered prescriptions and took a hospice career to a remote property.”

Trevor Burridge: “Since it’s started snowing Thursday helped family members get home from work which then turned to friends of family, friends of friends and By Friday/Saturday it was just anyone & everyone who needed transport including Hospital staff to and from work. Towing people out the snow as and when I came across them.”

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Ollie Woods: “Since 1pm till gone 1/2 in the morning both nights started at 8am yesterday constantly picking up NHS staff to and from work rescued many of motorists stranded at their cars on passing taken someone from Chudleigh to Newton to care for heavily cancer ridden family member rescued a few cars that blocked roads running out of talent. And taken people with their children to seek refuge with family that have electric/gas/water non stop covering between Newton abbot to Exeter and everywhere in between.”

Levi Hamilton: “Been towing people out, giving lifts, picking people up who have been stranded and dropping them to there homes met many nice people and nice to see so many 4x4s out and about helping Hero 4x4 Driver Calls For Decrease In Road Tax 24???? well done everyone Hero 4x4 Driver Calls For Decrease In Road Tax 25????Hero 4x4 Driver Calls For Decrease In Road Tax 25

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These are just an example of some of the brave 4×4 drivers that risked their own safety to help others, social media is full of examples just like those above, a community of 4×4 drivers pulling together to help those in need, a community that is usually frowned upon, a community that is penalised for driving the very vehicles that aided emergency services and rescued those in need last week.

One driver has actually started a petition for a decrease in road tax and some recognition for all the hard work many of us 4×4 owners put into helping out those in need.

“To the Minister for Transport

Dear Sir
Now that the worst of the winter weather for 2018 is over I ask you to consider this. Over the last week, most of the UK has been battered by winter storms which have left thousands of people stranded, and thousands of essential workers unable to do their jobs. Ordinary people. Care workers, School teachers, NHS staff, shop workers, delivery drivers….Thousands of people. Into this mess have stepped hundreds if not thousands of 4×4 drivers who have freely given their time to venture out in the worst of the weather to rescue those stranded. To ferry midwives out to pregnant women. To tow stranded 44 ton articulated lorries with their 2 ton Land Rovers. To recover cars which have become bogged in snow drifts, or stuck on hills. Mums and kids trying to get home. Plumbers trying to get to old people with no heating. Teachers trying to get to school.

This army of 4×4 drivers has kept so much of this country moving in the last week, do you think it out of place for a very public “Thank You” from the government? We have given our time, fuel, cheerfulness all without any thought of reward, other than a most heartfelt “Thank You” from those rescued, and that means the most to us.

But you and the government seen hell bent on driving us off the road with Punitive tax increases! Most of those out there this week have not been new £100,000 Range Rover drivers who can afford £2000 a year for their new cars, but ordinary people who use their 4×4’s every day for work. Farmers, construction workers, and hundreds of enthusiasts who keep these vehicles because they love them. People who need 4×4’s. And it feels like the government want these vehicles off the road with extortionate tax rises.

So please, think on this volunteer army who have done so much to help keep this country moving this week, don’t kick us too hard, or in future when you need us most, we may just not be there…….

An Old Land Rover driver…..”

The petition is almost at 15,000 signatures, if you haven’t done already, please show your support and sign the petition.

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What Is Green Laning | Greenlaning | Green Roads?

Greenlaning or green laning is an outdoor pursuit of driving along the network of public byways that run the length and breadth of the country.  The greenlanes are typically unsurfaced and only suitable for “off-road” vehicles. The byways are often overgrown which is why they are known as “Green lanes”. Green lane or green road is not a legal term, under the Countryside and Public Rights of Way Act 2000 there are four categories of Public Rights of Way in the UK. Not all are open to motorised vehicles so it’s worth checking the legality of the lanes before driving them.

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Public Rights of way types:

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Bridleway: Pedestrians, horse traffic and cyclists What Is Green Laning | Greenlaning | Green Roads? 30What Is Green Laning | Greenlaning | Green Roads? 32What Is Green Laning | Greenlaning | Green Roads? 33What Is Green Laning | Greenlaning | Green Roads? 34 What Is Green Laning | Greenlaning | Green Roads? 35

Byway Open to All Traffic (BOAT): Open to all types of traffic usually only suitable for 4×4 vehicle, ‘off-road’ bikes, pedestrians, horses and cyclists. What Is Green Laning | Greenlaning | Green Roads? 30What Is Green Laning | Greenlaning | Green Roads? 32What Is Green Laning | Greenlaning | Green Roads? 33What Is Green Laning | Greenlaning | Green Roads? 34What Is Green Laning | Greenlaning | Green Roads? 35What Is Green Laning | Greenlaning | Green Roads? 41What Is Green Laning | Greenlaning | Green Roads? 42

Restricted Byway (RB): Allows horses, pedestrians, horse drawn carriages, no mechanical vehicles.  What Is Green Laning | Greenlaning | Green Roads? 30What Is Green Laning | Greenlaning | Green Roads? 32What Is Green Laning | Greenlaning | Green Roads? 33What Is Green Laning | Greenlaning | Green Roads? 34What Is Green Laning | Greenlaning | Green Roads? 35

The byways each have their own unique symbols on Ordnance Survey (OS) maps of England and Wales but not of Scotland. The symbols can be found on the maps key:

Footpath: ……………

Bridleway: ———–

Byway Open to All Traffic: +++++++ 

Who can legally use Greenlanes / Green Roads / Green Lanes / Byways

In short, byways are highways and publicly owned and therefore they are open to use by the general public. As these green lanes are public highways the same laws regarding the use of vehicles on the road are applicable to these routes. That means that drivers must posses a current driving license, vehicles must have MOT, tax and insurance.

Rights of way on Greenlanes / Green Roads / Green Lanes / Byways

There is no legal rights of way, the common etiquette is that motorised vehicles give way to cyclists, horses and pedestrians. As greenlanes are shared routes a common sense approach should be taken by all users to ensure that everybody is safe whilst using the lanes.

How can I find Greenlanes / Green Roads / Green Lanes / Byways

There are a few ways of going about finding greenlanes. The first thing you should do is get an OS map which covers the area you want to go laning in. Just remember an OS map isn’t foolproof, it may be outdated.

Join a Group: Such as GLASS (Green Lane Association), TRF or CALM. Joining one of these groups will get you access to Trailwise, you can find out how to use Trailwise in our tutorial.

Find Local Groups: There are usually local greenlaning groups on Facebook, this is probably the easiest way to get introduced to the local lanes in your area. You can use Viewranger or other mapping applications to record your route for reference at a later date.

Use Trailwise: Trailwise is accessible for free, although the features are more restricted, it is certainly worth becoming a paid up member of one of the groups above for full access. TrailWise brings together Rights of Way information in the United Kingdom to aid those carrying out research into old roads and highways. It is especially valuable for finding lost roads and un-recorded lanes. TrailWise also helps people find out where they can drive green lanes. Free users get a 3km search radius, whilst subscribed members get access to a much wider search range and additional features. Trailwise features a very handy “maps browser”, which searches a database of green lanes and places an overlay onto a map.

Plan a route: Plan a route in advance, cross reference your route against the local definitive maps which can be found online. Also visit the lanes to check for any prohibition notices.
Greenlanes vary in length and also difficulty. Most lanes are quite short, when planning your route try and link as many together as you can in the area. Make sure the lanes are suitable for your vehicle, some can be low and unsuitable for taller vehicles, whilst others may be narrow and unsuitable for wider vehicles.

Be Prepared: Make sure you carry suitable recovery gear, strops, D-shackles, Hi Lift Jack etc. Never go laning on your own, the last thing you want is to run into trouble and get stranded in the middle of nowhere.

Useful Links for Green Laning

Throughout this article we have briefly touched upon certain organisations or mapping software, you can find out more about each of them by following the links below. Please feel free to ask any questions in the comments, we will be only to happy to help.

Ordnance Survey

Green Lane Association

The Trail Riders Fellowship

CALM

Trailwise