Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984

JurisdictionUK Non-devolved
Citation1984 c. 27


Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984

1984 CHAPTER 27

An Act to consolidate the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1967 and certain related enactments, with amendments to give effect to recommendations of the Law Commission and the Scottish Law Commission.

[26th June 1984]

Be it enacted by the Queen's most Excellent Majesty, by and with the advice and consent of the Lords Spiritual and Temporal, and Commons, in this present Parliament assembled, and by the authority of the same, as follows:—

I General Provisions for Traffic Regulation

Part I

General Provisions for Traffic Regulation

Outside Greater London

Outside Greater London

S-1 Traffic regulation orders outside Greater London.

1 Traffic regulation orders outside Greater London.

(1) An order under this section (in this Act referred to as a ‘traffic regulation order’) may, subject to Parts I to III of Schedule 9 to this Act and to subsection (4) below, be made as respects any road outside Greater London where it appears to the authority making the order that it is expedient to make it—

(a ) for avoiding danger to persons or other traffic using the road or any other road or for preventing the likelihood of any such danger arising, or

(b ) for preventing damage to the road or to any building on or near the road, or

(c ) for facilitating the passage on the road or any other road of any class of traffic (including pedestrians), or

(d ) for preventing the use of the road by vehicular traffic of a kind which, or its use by vehicular traffic in a manner which, is unsuitable having regard to the existing character of the road or adjoining property, or

(e ) (without prejudice to the generality of paragraph (d )above) for preserving the character of the road in a case where it is specially suitable for use by persons on horseback or on foot, or

(f ) for preserving or improving the amenities of the area through which the road runs.

(2) The authority having power to make traffic regulation orders, subject to subsection (3) below, and to section 125 of this Act,—

(a ) as respects roads other than trunk roads, shall be the local authority, that is to say, the county council in England or Wales and the local highway authority in Scotland, and

(b ) as respects trunk roads, shall be the Secretary of State.

(3) A traffic regulation order made by a local authority by virtue of subsection (2)(a ) above may, with the consent of the Secretary of State, relate to a trunk road if the order forms part of a scheme of general traffic control relating to roads of which at least one has a junction with the length of trunk road in question.

(4) Where, by a notice published in the prescribed manner by the highway authority, a date has been or is declared to be the date on which a part of a special road is open for use as a special road, this section shall not apply in relation to that part of that road or (if the date so declared is a date after the commencement of this Act) shall not apply in relation to it on or after that date.

(5) In subsection (4) above ‘the prescribed manner’ means the manner prescribed by regulations made by the Secretary of State which were or are in force at the time of publication of the notice.

S-2 What a traffic regulation order may provide.

2 What a traffic regulation order may provide.

(1) The provision that may be made by a traffic regulation order is (subject to the following subsections and to sections 3 and 4 of this Act) any provision prohibiting, restricting or regulating the use of a road, or of any part of the width of a road, by vehicular traffic, or by vehicular traffic of any class specified in the order,—

(a ) either generally or subject to such exceptions as may be specified in the order or determined in a manner provided for by it, and

(b ) subject to such exceptions as may be so specified or determined, either at all times or at times, on days or during periods so specified.

(2) Without prejudice to the generality of subsection (1) above, but subject to section 3 of this Act, the provision that may be made by a traffic regulation order as mentioned in that subsection includes any provision—

(a ) requiring vehicular traffic, or vehicular traffic of any class specified in the order, to proceed in a specified direction or prohibiting its so proceeding;

(b ) specifying the part of the carriageway to be used by such traffic proceeding in a specified direction;

(c ) prohibiting or restricting the waiting of vehicles or the loading and unloading of vehicles;

(d ) prohibiting the use of roads by through traffic; or

(e ) prohibiting or restricting overtaking.

(3) The provision that may be made by a traffic regulation order also includes provision prohibiting, restricting or regulating the use of a road, or of any part of the width of a road, by, or by any specified class of, pedestrians—

(a ) either generally or subject to exceptions specified in the order, and

(b ) either at all times or at times, on days or during periods so specified.

(4) A local authority (as defined in section 1(2)(a ) of this Act) may include in a traffic regulation order any such provision—

(a ) specifying through routes for heavy commercial vehicles, or

(b ) prohibiting or restricting the use of heavy commercial vehicles (except in such cases, if any, as may be specified in the order) in such zones or on such roads as may be so specified,

as they consider expedient for preserving or improving the amenities of their area or of some part or parts of their area.

(5) Nothing in subsection (4) above shall be construed as limiting the scope of any power or duty to control vehicles conferred or imposed on any local authority or the Secretary of State otherwise than by virtue of that subsection.

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