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Amendments of Road Traffic Act 1972

6Traffic surveys

After section 22 of the 1972 Act (drivers to comply with traffic directions) there shall be inserted the following section:— Traffic directions for purposes of traffic surveys.

22A(1)If a traffic survey of any description is carried out on or in the vicinity of a road, then—

(a)for the purposes of section 22 of this Act, a traffic direction given by a constable to a person driving or propelling a vehicle, being a direction given for the purposes of the survey, shall be treated as a direction given by him in the execution of his duty and at a time when he is engaged in the regulation of traffic ; and

(b)section 22 of this Act shall apply to a traffic sign by which a traffic direction is given for the purpose of the survey.

(2)In this section "traffic direction" means a direction to stop a vehicle, to make it proceed in, or keep to, a particular line of traffic or to proceed to a particular point on or near the road on which the vehicle is being driven or propelled, but does not include a direction requiring any person to furnish any information for the purposes of a traffic survey.

(3)In relation to a traffic direction given by a constable by virtue of this section and requiring a vehicle to proceed to a particular point, paragraph (a) of subsection (1) of section 22 of this Act shall have effect as if, after the words ' line of traffic' there were inserted the words ' or to proceed to a particular point

(4)The power to give a traffic direction for the purposes of a traffic survey shall be so exercised as not to cause any unreasonable delay to a person who indicates that he is unwilling to furnish any information for the purposes of the survey.