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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

  3. SCHEDULES TO REGULATIONS

    1. 1

      Warning signs (other than those for railway and tramway level crossings, bus and pedal cycle facilities, and road works)

    2. 2

      Regulatory signs (other than those for railway and tramway level crossings, bus and pedal cycle facilities, and road works)

    3. 3

      Signs for railway and tramway level crossings

    4. 4

      Other informatory signs

    5. 5

      Signs for bus, tram and pedal cycle facilities

    6. 6

      Road markings

    7. 7

      Directional signs—

      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. 8

      Light signals for the control of vehicular traffic

    9. 9

      Light signals for pedestrians and animal crossings

    10. 10

      Lane control signals and signs—

      1. Part I Lane control signals

      2. Part II Lane control signs

    11. 11

      Matrix signs and light signals—

      1. Part I Matrix signs (for motorways and dual carriageway roads)

      2. Part II Light signals (for motorways and dual carriageway roads)

    12. 12

      Road works signs—

      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. 13

      Proportions and form of letters, numerals and other characters—

      1. Part I Proportions and form of letters, numerals and other characters (for use on a sign or parts of a sign with a 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 other than 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. 14

      Proportions and form of symbols indicating the type of tourist attraction—

      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. 15

      Legends for use on variable message signs

    16. 16

      Permitted variants

    17. 17

      Illumination of signs

    18. 18

      Interpretation of “unladen vehicle”

    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. 11-14.Signs to be placed only on specified types of road

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

      13. 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)

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

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

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

      17. 20-24.Placing of road markings and signs to indicate prohibitions and restrictions on waiting, loading and unloading and parking

      18. 25-30.Signs to be placed only at specified sites or for specified purposes

      19. 31-34.Restrictions on the placing of temporary signs

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

      21. 36,37.Mounting and backing of signs

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

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

      24. 40.Mounting of refuge indicator lamps

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

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

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

      28. 44-46.Placing of light signals prescribed in regulation 30 (5) and in regulation 35 and signs and light signals shown in Schedule 11

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

      30. 48.Placing of various light signals

      31. 49.Approval of signs and signals

      32. 50.Approval of studs

      33. 51.Special directions by the Secretary of State

      34. APPENDIX 1

        EXERCISE OF POWERS

      35. APPENDIX 2

        INSTRUMENTS REVOKED

  4. Explanatory Note

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