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The Traffic Signs Regulations and General Directions 1994

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  1. Introductory Text

  2. PART I THE TRAFFIC SIGNS REGULATIONS 1994

    1. SECTION 1

      PRELIMINARY

      1. 1.Citation and commencement

      2. 2.Revocations

      3. 3.Savings

      4. 4.Interpretation general

      5. 5.Interpretation of “speed limit”

      6. 6.References in the Regulations

      7. 7.Interpretation of Schedules 1 to 12

    2. SECTION 2

      GENERAL PROVISIONS

      1. 8.Authorisations by the Secretary of State

      2. 9.Temporary obstructions

      3. 10.Application of section 36 of the Road Traffic Act 1988 to signs and disqualification for offences

      4. 11.Signs, markings and signals to be of the sizes, colours and types shown in the diagrams

      5. 12.Variations of dimensions

      6. 13.Proportions and form of letters, numerals, symbols and other characters

      7. 14.Signs attached to vehicles

    3. SECTION 3

      WARNING, REGULATORY AND INFORMATORY TRAFFIC SIGNS

      1. 15.Sign shown in diagram 610 and its significance

      2. 16.Signs shown in diagrams 601.1, 602, 778, 778.1 and 784 and their significance

      3. 17.Permitted variants

      4. 18.Illumination of signs

      5. 19.(1) Nothing in this regulation shall apply to the signs...

      6. 20.Illumination of plates

      7. 21.Illumination of signs shown in diagrams 560 and 561

      8. 22.Buses and coaches

      9. 23.Bus lanes

      10. 24.Bus symbols

    4. SECTION 4

      ROAD MARKINGS

      1. 25.Road marking shown in diagram 1003 and its significance

      2. 26.Road markings shown in diagrams 1013.1 and 1013.3 and their significance

      3. 27.Permitted variants

      4. 28.Illumination of road markings

      5. 29.Height of road markings and size of studs

    5. SECTION 5

      LIGHT SIGNALS AND WARNING LIGHTS

      1. 30.Use of different types of light signals

      2. 31.Permitted variants of green arrow light signals

      3. 32.Portable light signals

      4. 33.Significance of light signals

      5. 34.Light signals for lane control of vehicular traffic

      6. 35.Warning signal for motorways and dual carriageway roads

      7. 36.Matrix signs for motorways and dual carriageway roads

      8. 37.Light signals for pedestrians

      9. 38.(1) Light signals conveying to pedestrians at level crossings the...

      10. 39.School crossing patrol signs and warning lights

      11. 40.Cattle crossing signs and warning lights

    6. SECTION 6

      MISCELLANEOUS TRAFFIC SIGNS

      1. 41.Certain temporary signs

      2. 42.Flashing beacons

      3. 43.Road danger lamps

      4. 44.Cones, delineators and cylinders

      5. 45.Refuge indicator lamps

      6. 46.Variable message signs

    1. SCHEDULE 1

      WARNING SIGNS

    2. SCHEDULE 2

      REGULATORY SIGNS

    3. SCHEDULE 3

      SIGNS FOR RAILWAY AND TRAMWAY LEVEL CROSSINGS

    4. SCHEDULE 4

      OTHER INFORMATORY SIGNS

    5. SCHEDULE 5

      SIGNS FOR BUS, TRAM AND PEDAL CYCLES FACILITIES

    6. SCHEDULE 6

      ROAD MARKINGS

    7. SCHEDULE 7

      1. PART I PRIMARY ROUTE DIRECTIONAL SIGNS

      2. PART II NON-PRIMARY ROUTE DIRECTIONAL SIGNS

      3. PART III TOURIST ATTRACTION SIGNS(other than on motorways or for pedestrians)

      4. PART IV SERVICES SIGNS(other than on motorways)

      5. PART V BOUNDARY SIGNS(other than on motorways)

      6. PART VI DIRECTIONAL SIGNS TO PARKING PLACES

      7. PART VII DIRECTIONAL SIGNS FOR CYCLISTS AND PEDESTRIANS

      8. PART VIII TEMPORARY AND EMERGENCY DIRECTIONAL SIGNS

      9. PART IX OTHER NON-MOTORWAY DIRECTIONAL SIGNS

      10. PART X MOTORWAY SIGNS

    8. SCHEDULE 8

      LIGHT SIGNALS FOR THE CONTROL OF VEHICULAR TRAFFIC

    9. SCHEDULE 9

      LIGHT SIGNALS FOR PEDESTRIANS AND ANIMAL CROSSINGS

    10. SCHEDULE 10

      1. PART I LANE CONTROL SIGNALS

      2. PART II LANE CONTROL SIGNS

    11. SCHEDULE 11

      1. PART I MATRIX SIGNS(for motorways and dual carriageway roads)

      2. PART II LIGHT SIGNALS(for motorways and dual carriageway roads)

    12. SCHEDULE 12

      1. PART I MISCELLANEOUS WARNING, INFORMATORY AND REGULATORY SIGNS FOR ROAD WORKS

      2. PART II ROAD WORKS DELINEATORS AND BARRIERS

      3. PART III SIGNS FOR LANE CLOSURES AND CONTRA-FLOW WORKING AT ROAD WORKS

      4. PART IV SIGNS FOR ROAD WORKS ENTRANCES AND EXITS

      5. PART V SIGNS MOUNTED ON ROAD WORKS VEHICLES

    13. SCHEDULE 13

      1. PART I PROPORTIONS AND FORM OF LETTERS, NUMERALS AND OTHER CHARACTERS(for use on a sign or parts of a sign with red, blue, brown, black or green background and on the signs shown in diagrams 2714 and 2715)

      2. PART II PROPORTIONS AND FORM OF LETTERS, NUMERALS AND OTHER CHARACTERS(for use on a sign or parts of a sign with a white, yellow or orange background and on the signs shown in diagrams 2714 and 2715)

      3. PART III PROPORTIONS AND FORM OF LETTERS, NUMERALS AND OTHER CHARACTERS(for route numbers on permanent motorway signs with blue backgrounds)

      4. PART IV PROPORTIONS AND FORM OF LETTERS, NUMERALS AND OTHER CHARACTERS(for route numbers on temporary motorway signs with yellow backgrounds)

      5. PART V PROPORTIONS AND FORM OF LETTERS, NUMERALS AND OTHER CHARACTERS FOR USE ON VARIABLE MESSAGE SIGNS(where the characters shown in Parts I, II, III and IV cannot be used because of the method of construction or operation of the sign)

      6. PART VI PROPORTIONS AND FORM OF LETTERS, NUMERALS AND OTHER CHARACTERS FOR USE IN THE ROAD MARKINGS SHOWN IN SCHEDULE 6

        1. (a) with a height of 1.6 metres)

        2. (b) with a height of 2.8 metres)

        3. (c) for use in the road markings shown in diagrams 1027.1, 1028.2, 1028.3, 1028.4, 1029 and 1033

      7. PART VII PROPORTIONS AND FORM OF LETTERS, NUMERALS AND OTHER CHARACTERS(Symbols for use on directional signs to indicate diversion routes)

    14. SCHEDULE 14

      1. PART I PROPORTIONS AND FORM OF SYMBOLS INDICATING THE TYPE OF TOURIST ATTRACTION IN ENGLAND, SCOTLAND AND WALES

      2. PART II PROPORTIONS AND FORM OF SYMBOLS INDICATING THE TYPE OF TOURIST ATTRACTION IN ENGLAND AND WALES

      3. PART III PROPORTIONS AND FORM OF SYMBOLS INDICATING THE TYPE OF TOURIST ATTRACTION IN ENGLAND ONLY

      4. PART IV PROPORTIONS AND FORM OF SYMBOLS INDICATING THE TYPE OF TOURIST ATTRACTION IN SCOTLAND ONLY

      5. PART V PROPORTIONS AND FORM OF SYMBOLS INDICATING THE TYPE OF TOURIST ATTRACTION IN WALES ONLY

    15. SCHEDULE 15

      LEGENDS FOR USE ON VARIABLE MESSAGE SIGNS

      1. PART I SIGNS AUTOMATICALLY ACTIVATED BY VEHICULAR TRAFFIC

        1. 1.One of the following legends may be displayed on a...

      2. PART II LEGENDS GIVING WARNINGS OF ADVERSE WEATHER OR OTHER TEMPORARY HAZARDS

        1. 2.A legend shown in an item in column (2) of...

      3. PART III INFORMATION ON DIVERSION ROUTES

        1. 3.One of the legends shown in any item in column...

      4. PART IV OTHER LEGENDS

        1. 4.The following legends may also be displayed on a variable...

    16. SCHEDULE 16

      PERMITTED VARIANTS

    17. SCHEDULE 17

      ILLUMINATION OF SIGNS

    18. SCHEDULE 18

      INTERPRETATION OF “UNLADEN VEHICLE”

      1. 1.In these Regulations “unladen vehicle” means, subject to paragraph 3...

      2. 2.The conditions mentioned in paragraph 1 above are—

      3. 3.For the purposes of this Schedule— (a) in the case...

    19. PART II

      THE TRAFFIC SIGNS GENERAL DIRECTIONS 1994

      1. 1.Citation and commencement

      2. 2.Revocations

      3. 3.Interpretation

      4. 4.References in the Directions

      5. 5.Saving

      6. 6.Signs to be placed only at sites approved by the Secretary of State

      7. 7.Signs to be placed only to indicate the effect of a statutory prohibition

      8. 8.The placing of certain signs to indicate the beginning of a restriction, requirement, prohibition or speed limit

      9. 9.The placing of certain signs to indicate the end of a restriction, requirement, prohibition or speed limit

      10. 10.Repeater signs

      11. 11.Signs to be placed only on specified types of road

      12. 12.(1) The signs shown in diagrams 2101, 2101.1, 2101.2, 2102,...

      13. 13.(1) The signs shown in diagrams 832.3, 1012.2, 1042, 2901,...

      14. 14.(1) The signs shown in diagrams 823, 824, 825, 868,...

      15. 15.Signs to be placed only in conjunction with specified road markings (except signs for prohibitions and restrictions on waiting etc)

      16. 16.Road markings to be placed only in conjunction with other road markings or specified signs (except road markings for prohibitions and restrictions on waiting etc)

      17. 17.The placing of the signs shown in diagrams 615 and 811

      18. 18.Signs to be placed only in combination with specified plates or other signs

      19. 19.Plates to be placed only in combination with specified signs

      20. 20.Placing of road markings and signs to indicate prohibitions and restrictions on waiting, loading and unloading and parking

      21. 21.(1) The road marking shown in diagram 1020.1 may be...

      22. 22.(1) Except where it is placed to indicate the effect...

      23. 23.(1) Subject to paragraph (2) a road marking shown in...

      24. 24.A sign shown in diagram 663, 663.1, 664 , 665...

      25. 25.Signs to be placed only at specified sites or for specified purposes

      26. 26.The sign shown in diagram 551.1 may be placed on...

      27. 27.The sign shown in diagram 574 may be placed only...

      28. 28.A sign shown in diagram 830, 830.1, 831 or 832,...

      29. 29.A sign shown in diagram 833, 834, 835 or 836...

      30. 30.The sign shown in diagram 957 may be placed on...

      31. 31.Restrictions on the placing of temporary signs

      32. 32.A sign shown in diagram 790 or 7014 may be...

      33. 33.(1) No sign of the kind referred to in regulation...

      34. 34.(1) A sign shown in diagram 7023 or 7024 may...

      35. 35.Placing of signs varied to show metric units

      36. 36.Mounting and backing of signs

      37. 37.(1) The back of any sign shown in a diagram...

      38. 38.Mounting of the sign shown in diagram 781

      39. 39.Mounting of the signs shown in diagrams 560 and 561

      40. 40.Mounting of refuge indicator lamps

      41. 41.Mounting and backing of light signals, matrix signs and warning lights

      42. 42.Placing of road marking shown in diagram 1001 in conjunction with light signals

      43. 43.Placing of road marking shown in diagram 1014 in conjunction with the road marking shown in diagram 1013.1 or 1013.3

      44. 44.Placing of light signals prescribed in regulation 30(5) and in regulation 35 and signs and light signals shown in Schedule 11

      45. 45.The light signals prescribed in regulation 30(5) shall not be...

      46. 46.A sign shown in diagram 6021 or 6031.1 may be...

      47. 47.Placing of light signals prescribed in regulation 32

      48. 48.Placing of various light signals

      49. 49.Approval of signs and signals

      50. 50.Approval of studs

      51. 51.Special directions by the Secretary of State

      52. APPENDIX 1

        EXERCISE OF POWERS

        1. 1.The Regulations in Part I of this Instrument are made...

        2. 2.The Directions in Part II of this Instrument are given...

      53. APPENDIX 2

        INSTRUMENTS REVOKED

  3. Explanatory Note

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