Does the law in England allow a traffic cone to be placed on the road next to property to help warn drivers and to protect the property?

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    What property? Do you mean like a suitcase waiting to be picked up by a taxi cab? Or do you mean to keep cars from cutting a corner short and driving on your grass? Apr 25, 2021 at 13:15
  • What I mean is a cone to keep heavy vehicles from hitting the wall of a property
    – user37884
    Apr 25, 2021 at 13:26
  • Is "the wall" a building wall, or a fence around a yard? Apr 25, 2021 at 13:33
  • It's a building wall made of bricks.
    – user37884
    Apr 25, 2021 at 13:36

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Is it legal to put a traffic cone on the side of the road to protect property?

Probably not on the limited information available, especially as there are other remedies available such as fixing reflectors etc to the wall or requesting you local Highway Authority to take appropriate action.

There is the potential for an offence under s.137(1) of the Highways Act 1980:

(1) If a person, without lawful authority or excuse, in any way wilfully obstructs the free passage along a highway he is guilty of an offence...

Notwithstanding a cone may (or may not) be visible to other road users there is also the potential for an offence under s.22A(1)(a) of the Road Traffic Act 1988

(1) A person is guilty of an offence if he intentionally and without lawful authority or reasonable cause—

(a) causes anything to be on or over a road, or


in such circumstances that it would be obvious to a reasonable person that to do so would be dangerous.

Whether any action will be taken is another question.

  • I don't think to plant a traffic cone at the side of a road is "obvious to a reasonable person that to do so would be dangerous." Apr 25, 2021 at 15:20
  • Hence "potential"
    – user35069
    Apr 25, 2021 at 15:22
  • ...And it's not at the side of the road, it's on it (as per the OP)
    – user35069
    Jun 11, 2021 at 16:23

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