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The Traffic Signs Regulations and General Directions 2002

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  1. Introductory Text

  2. PART I THE TRAFFIC SIGNS REGULATIONS 2002

    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.Interpretation of references

      7. 7.Interpretation of Schedules 1 to 12

    2. SECTION 2

      GENERAL PROVISIONS

      1. 8.Authorisations

      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 size, colour and type 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, 611.1, 778, 778.1 and 784.1 and their significance

      3. 17.Permitted variants of upright signs

      4. 18.Illumination of signs

      5. 19.Illumination of signs—further provisions

      6. 20.Illumination of plates

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

      8. 22.Buses

      9. 23.Bus lanes

      10. 24.Bus symbols

    4. SECTION 4

      ROAD MARKINGS

      1. 25.Road marking shown in diagram 1003: give way

      2. 26.Road markings shown in diagrams 1013.1, 1013.3 and 1013.4: double white lines

      3. 27.Road marking shown in diagram 1001.3: zig-zag lines—no stopping

      4. 28.Road marking shown in diagram 1001.3: zig-zag lines—no overtaking

      5. 29.Road markings shown in diagrams 1025.1, 1025.3, 1025.4, 1043 and 1044: bus stop and bus stand clearways and box junctions

      6. 30.Permitted variants of road markings

      7. 31.Illumination of road markings

      8. 32.Height of road markings and size of studs

    5. SECTION 5

      LIGHT SIGNALS AND WARNING LIGHTS

      1. 33.Light signals for the control of vehicular traffic—standard form

      2. 34.Green arrow light signals for the control of vehicular traffic

      3. 35.Portable light signals for the control of vehicular traffic

      4. 36.Significance of light signals prescribed by regulations 33 to 35

      5. 37.Light signals for the control of vehicular traffic on motorways and all-purpose dual carriageway roads

      6. 38.Significance of light signals prescribed by regulation 37(1)

      7. 39.Light signals to control traffic at level crossings etc

      8. 40.Significance of light signals prescribed by regulation 39

      9. 41.Light signals for the control of tramcars

      10. 42.Significance of light signals prescribed by regulation 41

      11. 43.Meaning of stop line and references to light signals

      12. 44.Light signals for lane control of vehicular traffic

      13. 45.Warning signal for motorways and all-purpose dual carriageway roads

      14. 46.Matrix signs for motorways and all-purpose dual carriageway roads

      15. 47.Light signals at signal-controlled pedestrian facilities

      16. 48.Light signals at equestrian crossings

      17. 49.Light signals at Toucan crossings

      18. 50.Warning lights at school crossing places

      19. 51.Cattle crossing signs and warning lights

      20. 52.Light signals for pedestrian traffic at level crossings

    6. SECTION 6

      MISCELLANEOUS TRAFFIC SIGNS

      1. 53.Temporary signs

      2. 54.Flashing beacons

      3. 55.Road danger lamps

      4. 56.Cones, delineators and cylinders

      5. 57.Refuge indicator lamps

      6. 58.Variable message signs

  3. Signature

  4. SCHEDULES TO THE 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

      Miscellaneous 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 destination signs (other than on motorways or for pedestrians)

      4. Part IV Signs for services and tourist facilities (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 all-purpose dual carriageway roads)

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

    12. 12

      Road works signs etc

      1. Part I Miscellaneous warning, informatory and regulatory signs for road works etc

      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 where the characters are not varied to black)

      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 except where the characters are varied to black)

      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)

          for use in markings with a height of 1.6 metres and in the markings shown in diagrams 1058 and 1058.1

        2. (b)

          for use in markings with a height of 2.8 metres

        3. (c)

          for use in the markings shown in diagrams 1027.1, 1028.2, 1028.3, 1028.4, 1029, 1032 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 types of tourist destination—

      1. Part I Proportions and form of symbols indicating types of tourist destination in England, Scotland and Wales

      2. Part II Proportions and form of symbols indicating types of tourist destination in England and Wales

      3. Part III Proportions and form of symbols indicating types of tourist destination in England only

      4. Part IV Proportions and form of symbols indicating types of tourist destination in Scotland only

      5. Part V Proportions and form of symbols indicating types of tourist destination 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. 19

      Bus stop and bus stand clearways and box junctions

      1. PART II THE TRAFFIC SIGNS GENERAL DIRECTIONS 2002

        1. 1.Citation and commencement

        2. 2.Revocations

        3. 3.Interpretation—general

        4. 4.Interpretation of references

        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.Beginning of a speed limit—further provisions

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

        11. 11.Repeater signs

        12. 12–15.Signs to be placed only on specified types of road

        13. 16.Speed limits of 20 mph

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

        15. 18.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)

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

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

        18. 21.Plates to be placed only in combination with specified signs

        19. 22–26.Placing of road markings and signs to indicate prohibitions and restrictions on waiting, loading and unloading and parking

        20. 27–35.Signs to be placed only at specified sites or for specified purposes

        21. 36–39.Restrictions on the placing of temporary signs

        22. 40.Placing of signs varied to show metric units

        23. 41, 42.Mounting and backing of signs

        24. 43.Mounting of the sign shown in diagram 781

        25. 44.Mounting of the signs shown in diagrams 560 and 561

        26. 45.Mounting of refuge indicator lamps

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

        28. 47.Placing of road marking shown in diagram 1001 or 1001.2 in conjunction with light signals

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

        30. 49.Placing of road marking shown in diagram 1001.3 (zig-zag lines)

        31. 50–52.Placing of signs and light signals shown in Schedule 11

        32. 53.Placing of portable light signals prescribed by regulation 35

        33. 54.Placing of signals and other signs at crossings

        34. 55.Placing of various light signals

        35. 56.Approval of types of sign and signals by the Secretary of State

        36. 57.Studs

        37. 58.Approval of types of stud by the Secretary of State

        38. 59.Special directions by the Secretary of State

    20. SCHEDULE TO THE DIRECTIONS

      Placing of signals and other signs at signal-controlled crossing facilities

  5. Explanatory Note

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