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The Traffic Signs Regulations and General Directions 2016

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30.—(1) Subject to sub-paragraphs (2) and (3), “stop line” in this Part means—

(a)in relation to any vehicle except a tramcar, the road marking provided for at item 46 of the Part 2 sign table; and

(b)in relation to a tramcar—

(i)the road marking provided for at item 47 of that table; or

(ii)where that marking has not been placed, the road marking provided for at item 46.

(2) Where the road marking provided for at item 48, 49 or 50 of the sign table in Part 2 has been placed, “stop line” means—

(a)unless (b) applies, the first stop line; or

(b)in the case of—

(i)a pedal cycle; or

(ii)a vehicle which has proceeded beyond the first stop line,

the second stop line.

(3) Where there is no stop line or the stop line is not visible, references to “stop line” are—

(a)in a case where a sign provided for at item 58, 59 or 60 of the Part 2 sign table is placed, to be treated as references to that sign; and

(b)in any other case, to be treated as references to the post or other structure on which the primary signals (within the meaning of paragraph 31) are mounted.

(4) In sub-paragraph (2)—

(a)“the first stop line” means the transverse white line or lines appearing below the pedal cycle symbol in the road markings shown in the diagram at item 49, in the diagram at item 50 or in either version of the diagram at item 48; and

(b)“the second stop line” means the transverse white line appearing above the pedal cycle symbol in the road markings shown in the diagram at item 49 or 50, or in either version of the diagram at item 48.

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