Road traffic—order procedure and notices
Road traffic—order procedure and notices

The following Local Government practice note provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:

  • Road traffic—order procedure and notices
  • Local traffic authorities
  • Procedure regulations
  • Orders requiring the consent of the National Authority
  • Procedure for making a traffic order
  • Consultation
  • Publication
  • Objections
  • Public inquiry
  • Considering objections
  • More...

Coronavirus (COVID-19): This Practice Note contains guidance on matters that have temporarily been altered to assist in the management of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. For further information, see: Traffic Orders Procedure (Coronavirus) (Amendment) (England) Regulations 2020, SI 2020/536, LNB News 22/05/2020 77 and Statutory guidance: Traffic Management Act 2004: network management in response to COVID-19.

Local traffic authorities

Under the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984 (RTRA 1984), as amended, the traffic authorities that may control road traffic on highways are:

  1. the Secretary of State for Transport—on highways where they are the highway authority, ie motorways and trunk roads in England; the Secretary of State operates much of this traffic function through Highways England (formerly the Highways Agency)

  2. the Welsh Ministers—on motorways and trunk roads in Wales; the Welsh Ministers operate many of their traffic functions through the South Wales Trunk Road Agent and other agents

  3. the Mayor of London acting through Transport for London—on 'GLA Roads' (Greater London Authority)

  4. the London Borough Councils—on all other roads in London

  5. county councils and metropolitan district councils—on roads outside London not controlled by the Department for Transport (DfT) or by the Welsh Ministers

  6. National Park Authorities—on minor highways in National Parks

The duty of a traffic authority is to secure the expeditious, convenient and safe movement of vehicular and other traffic (including pedestrians) and the provision of suitable

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