Traffic and parking signs

1st July - changes to standards comes into effect for traffic signs

By 1st July, all manufacturers and suppliers of traffic signs must confirm to the new standards developed by the Construction Products Directive. Read more here.

Reducing sign clutter

The Department for Transport have published a Traffic Advisory leaflet (TAL) to offer guidance on reducing traffic sign clutter.

Proper use of signs is vital to their effectiveness in terms of guiding or regulating. Over-provision of signs can have a detrimental impact on the environment and can dilute more important messages if they result in information overload for drivers.

Signing the Way, the outcome of the Department’s major review of traffic signs policy, sets out the new policy framework for the traffic sign system in Great Britain. Minimising the impact of traffic signs on the environment is a key priority.

Read Traffic Advisory Leaflet - Reducing Sign Clutter by DfT, January 2013 (pdf)

Traffic Signs Manual

The Traffic Signs Manual gives guidance on the use of traffic signs and road markings prescribed by the Traffic Signs Regulations and covers England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland. Revised editions of the manual will be published here as they are released.

The Driving Standards Agency (DSA) have recently published a new guide to traffic signs

The Traffic Signs Review

Twice in 2011 new signs will have been prescribed by regulations: in May to bring in temporary pedestrian traffic signals and very shortly the more major amendment to TSRGD, first drafted for consultation at the end of 2009.  But for England there were also had two sets of mass authorisations. 

In February 2011 every traffic authority received permission to use footway parking ban signs, and in October a more comprehensive set of signs was again authorised for use anywhere in England.  These include signs for many combinations of stopping, waiting and loading restrictions applying at different times of day to the same length of road, pay by phone parking, “authorised vehicles” in bus lanes, rising bollards and safety measures for schools.  It also removes the need for yellow lines and loading marks within a pedestrian zone, relaxes the traffic calming requirements for 20 mph zones, and provides for “no entry except cycles” and pedestrian countdown timers at signals. 

An unexpected measure was the removal of the need to place a pair of signs at the start of every CPZ, lorry ban or other restriction.  Even “no entry” can now be indicated with a single sign, regardless of road width.  Only speed limits retain the requirement for a sign on each side of the carriageway in most situations.

The Traffic Signs Review is the most signification review of traffic signs in some 40 years and aims to ensure the traffic sign system continues to be fit for purpose.

The department for transport has published a policy document, “Signing the way”, following the traffic signs policy review.The document can be viewed ont he DfT's website DfT's website.

Following this, Transport Minister Norman Baker has published a letter regarding the review. Please see the links below.

Norman Baker's letter to stakeholders regarding the traffic signs review

The following documents are courtesy of Calderdale Council, but equivalent authorisations apply to every traffic authority in England:

Traffic Signs - Area-wide Authorisation and Special Direction Guidance Note - Nov 2011.pdf

Traffic Signs - Case 2669 Traffic Signs Policy Review Authorisation - Nov 2011.pdf

Traffic Signs - Case 2826 Traffic Signs Policy Review Special Direction - Nov 2011.pdf

View the article regarding this in full.

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