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Public rights of way (PROW) in Sandwell

Types of public rights of way

Footpath - A conclusive right of passage for the benefit of pedestrians only.

Bridleway - A conclusive right of passage for the benefit of pedestrians and horse riders, and possibly pedal cyclists.

Road Used as a Public Path (RUPP) - A conclusive right of passage for the benefit of pedestrians and horse riders, and possibly motor vehicles and pedal cyclists.

Byway Open to All Traffic (BOAT) - A right of passage provided for all classes of user, including motorised vehicles. There are no BOATs currently recorded on Sandwell's PROW registers.

The Countryside and Rights of Way Act 2000 will create a new category of public rights of way. This will be a Restricted Byway. All RUPPs will be reclassified as Restricted Byways. Further information on this is expected from Government this year. A Restricted Byway will have right for walkers, horse riders, and for users apart from those in mechanically propelled vehicles. Pedal cyclists and horse drawn vehicles however can use Restricted Byways.

Vehicle use on PROW

In the majority of circumstances the use of motorised vehicles on a PROW is unlawful. However, private rights of access or landownership may authorise such use in certain circumstances.