Permitted Path Agreement
The ambiguity of the common law, which represents a « sufficient time » for public use, led Parliament to pass a law on the presumed dedication. The Act is now defined in Section 31 of the Highways Act 1980, which states that if a road is assessed by the public for 20 years or more, by right and without interruption, the road « must be considered a highway » unless there is sufficient evidence that there was no intention to order it during that period. The installation of signs informing users that there is no « public priority right » and that a lane is used only with authorization may call into question the rights of a « judicial » route used for 20 years. In addition, it may result in a request to amend the final plan and the declaration of public rights by a final order to amend the map, as defined in Section 53 (2) of the Wildlife and Music Act of 1981. The Commission is legally required to designate such requests. Landowners who have become aware of a journey through their land and who have engaged in the use of a route through their country should be aware that the act of creating a permissive path could have unintended consequences. A creative order can create a new priority right or create « superior » rights through an existing priority right (for example. B turn a footpath into a passageway). The procedure for establishing a series is the same as for any other public order of the trails, since there is a right to object to what is proposed. A permissive lane, an authorized lane or a licensed lane is a lane (which could be for hikers, cyclists, cyclists or any combination) whose use is authorized by the landowner. Normally, this is a path that is not on the final map of public rights of way at this stage, but does not prevent it from already being a public road for one or all of the categories of users cited.
For example, it could be a historical route that is not used, or it could have been used by the public for twenty years « right », in both cases it is a public priority right that is not yet represented on the final map. Some hiking trails and riding trails are displayed on 1:25,000 and 1:50,000 scale survey maps. Authorized lanes and access to free zones are not covered by the Public Access Rights or Access Rights Act under the Countryside and Rights of Way Act 2000. However, there are similar provisions that apply. For example, the route should not be blocked by overhanging vegetation. Whether there was a dedically explicit nature depends on the intention of the landowner to enshrine a priority right (only the free owner of land can do so) and whether the public has accepted the dedication by starting to use the road. A permissive trail is often closed each year on a given calendar day (only if it is not already a public priority right) and is clearly classified as permissive (p.B. The closure or signature deed ensures that any future use of this use is not imputed on the twenty years of « legal recourse » required to determine its public status. These are precautions to prevent it from being called a legal priority with respect to its authorized use.  For more information on permissive pathways, standard advice and recommendations for the installation of signs, see the Institute of Public Rights of Way Good Practice Guide.
A white arrow, with or without additional identification, is the recognized method used by legal authorities to identify these pathways.