Mirrors on the road

Why we will not approve the erection of mirrors on roads we maintain.

We will not agree to requests for mirrors to be placed on roads we maintain. They can increase risk and reduce safety because they:

  • reflect light and interfere with a driver's vision
  • reduce the ability to judge an oncoming vehicle's speed
  • create an unreasonable dependence on the mirror
  • distort or restrict the driver's view if dirty
  • are an easy target for vandals
  • could cause damage to users of the road if the glass is broken

If you want to put a mirror on private land, the landowner must agree and planning permission may be necessary. Please contact your district or borough council for further advice.