Traffic Signs Regulations and General Directions 1964

JurisdictionUK Non-devolved
CitationSI 1964/1857

1964 No. 1857

ROAD TRAFFIC

The Traffic Signs Regulations and General Directions 1964

20thNovember 1964

9thDecember 1964

1stJanuary 1965

ARRANGEMENT

PART I—TRAFFIC SIGNS REGULATIONS

SECTION I

Preliminary

 Regulation
                Citation … … … … … … … … … … … … 1
                Revocation … … … … … … … … … … … … 2
                Savings … … … … … … … … … … … … 3
                Interpretation … … … … … … … … … … … 4
                References to regulations, schedules, diagrams and signs … 5
                

SECTION II

Miscellaneous General Provisions

Authorisations by the Minister or the Secretary of State … 6
                Application of s. 14 of the Road Traffic Act 1960 to signs 7
                Variations in dimensions … … … … … … … … … 8
                

SECTION III

Traffic Signs shown in Schedule 1

Signs to be of the sizes, colours and types shown in diagrams 9
                Signs shown in diagrams 601 and 602 … … … … … … 10
                Significance of signs shown in diagrams 601 and 602 … … 11
                Permitted variants … … … … … … … … … … 12
                Dimensions … … … … … … … … … … … … 13
                Proportions and form of letters and numerals … … … … 14
                Illumination of signs by lighting … … … … … … … 15 and 16
                Illumination of signs shown in diagrams 560 and 561 by
                 reflectors etc. … … … … … … … … … … … 17
                Illumination of signs by reflecting material … … … … 18
                Additional provisions as to illumination … … … … … 19
                

SECTION IV

Traffic Signs shown in Schedule 2

Road markings … … … … … … … … … … … … 20
                Particular road markings … … … … … … … … … 21,22 and 23
                Colour of road markings … … … … … … … … … 24
                Use of reflecting material and studs with reflectors on
                 road markings … … … … … … … … … … … 25
                Height of road markings … … … … … … … … … 26
                

SECTION V

Miscellaneous Traffic Signs

Certain temporary signs … … … … … … … … … 27
                Flashing beacons … … … … … … … … … … … 28
                Cones … … … … … … … … … … … … … 29
                Refuge indicator lamps … … … … … … … … … 30
                Light signals for vehicular traffic … … … … … … 31 and 32
                Portable light signals for vehicular traffic … … … … 33
                Significance of light signals … … … … … … … … 34
                Light signals for pedestrians … … … … … … … … 35
                

SCHEDULES

 Page
                1. Part I —Warnings signs … … … … … … … … … 4073
                 Part II —Regulatory signs … … … … … … … … 4087
                 Part III —Directional informatory signs… … … … … 4096
                 Part IV —Other informatory signs … … … … … … 4110
                 Part V —Directional and other informatory signs on
                 motorways … … … … … … … … … 4122
                2. Markings on the road … … … … … … … … … 4127
                3. Size and colour of arrow in light signals for vehicular
                 traffic and methods of incorporation of the arrow in
                 those signals … … … … … … … … … … 4144
                4. Size, colour and type of light signals for pedestrians … 4146
                5. Proportion and form of letters, numerals and other
                 characters … … … … … … … … … … … 4147
                6. Regulations revoked by Regulation 2 … … … … … 4156
                

PART II—GENERAL DIRECTIONS

PART III—GENERAL CITATION AND COMMENCEMENT

The Secretary of State and the Minister of Transport (hereinafter referred to as "the Minister") acting jointly in exercise of their powers under section 51 of the Road Traffic Act 1960(a) and under section 52 of the said Act of 1960, as amended by section 51 of and Schedule 4 to the Road Traffic Act 1962(b) and of all other powers them enabling in that behalf, and after consultation with representative organisations in accordance with the provisions of section 260(2) of the said Act of 1960, hereby make the following Regulations and give the following Directions:—

PART I—TRAFFIC SIGNS REGULATIONS

SECTION I

Preliminary

Citation

1. These Regulations may be cited as "The Traffic Signs Regulations 1964".

Revocation

2. The Traffic Signs Regulations 1957(c) and the Regulations amending those Regulations specified in Schedule 6 are hereby revoked, and the said Regulations of 1957 as so amended are hereinafter in these Regulations referred to as "the Regulations of 1957".

Savings

3.—(1) Any traffic sign, which immediately before the coming into operation of these Regulations is situated on or near any road, if it is a sign shown in any of the diagrams Nos. 201 to 217 and 301 to 326 in Schedule 1 to the Regulations of 1957 or in either of the diagrams Nos. RM1 and RM30 in Schedule 2 to those Regulations and if it then complies with the provisions relating thereto by virtue of those Regulations, shall so long as it continues to comply with the said provisions as though the same had not been revoked be treated as if prescribed by these Regulations until the 31st December 1966.

(2) Any other traffic sign, which immediately before the coming into operation of these Regulations is situated on or near a primary route, if it is a sign prescribed by the Regulations of 1957 (other than a sign shown in diagram No. 327 or 401 in Schedule 1 thereto or in diagram No. RM24 in Schedule 2 thereto) but not by these Regulations and if it then complies with the provisions relating thereto by virtue of the Regulations of 1957, shall so long as it continues to comply with the said provisions as though the same had not been revoked be treated as if prescribed by these Regulations until the 31st December 1967.

(3) Any traffic sign, which immediately before the coming into operation of these Regulations is in being, if it is a sign shown in any of the diagrams Nos. 159 to 165, 218 to 222 and 419 to 421 in Schedule 1 to the Regulations of 1957 and if it then complies with the provisions relating thereto by virtue of those Regulations, shall so long as it continues to comply with the said provisions as though the same had not been revoked be treated as if prescribed by these Regulations until the 31st December 1967.

(4) Subject to the foregoing provisions of this Regulation, any traffic sign, which immediately before the coming into operation of these Regulations is situated on or near any road, if it is a sign prescribed by the Regulations of 1957 (other than a sign shown in diagram No. 327 or 401 in Schedule 1 thereto or in

(a) 8 & 9 Eliz. 2. c. 16.

(b) 10 & 11 Eliz. 2. c. 59.

(c) S.I. 1957/13 (1957 II, p. 2001).

diagram No. RM24 in Schedule 2 thereto) but not by these Regulations and if it then complies with the provisions relating thereto by virtue of the Regulations of 1957, shall so long as it continues to comply with the said provisions as though the same had not been revoked be treated as if prescribed by these Regulations.

Interpretation

4.—(1) In these Regulations the following expressions have the meanings hereby respectively assigned to them:—

"hours of darkness" means the time between half-an-hour after sunset and half-an-hour before sunrise;

"motorway" means a special road—

(a) which in England or Wales (save as otherwise provided by or under regulations under section 37 of the Road Traffic Act 1960) can only be used by traffic of Class I or II of the classes of traffic set out in Schedule 4 to the Highways Act 1959(a), as amended (b); and

(b) which in Scotland can only be used by traffic of Class I or II of the classes of traffic set out in Schedule 2 to the Special Roads Act 1949(c), as amended (d);

"primary route" means a route, not being a route formed by any part of a motorway, formed—

(a) by a length of trunk road,

(b) by a length of trunk road together with another road, not being a trunk road, or

(c) by a length of road, not being a trunk road,

being a route—

(i) in England or Wales as respects which in the case at (a) the Minister is of the opinion, and as respects which in the cases at (b) and (c) the Minister after consultation with the highway authority for the road, not being a trunk road, is of the opinion that it provides the most satisfactory route for through traffic between two or more places of traffic importance, and

(ii) in Scotland as respects which in the case at (a) the Secretary of State is of the opinion, and as respects which in the cases at (b) and (c) the Secretary of State after consultation with the highway authority for the road, not being a trunk road, is of the opinion that it provides the most satisfactory route for through traffic between two or more places of traffic importance;

"non-primary route" means a road, not being a primary route or a motorway or part of a primary route or a motorway;

"temporary statutory provision" means a provision having effect under section 36 of the Road Traffic Act 1960 (which provides for traffic regulation in consequence of the execution of works) or section 28 of the Road Traffic Act 1962 (which relates to experimental traffic schemes) or contained in section 53 of the Road Traffic Act 1960 (which relates to traffic signs for giving effect to local traffic regulations), section 54 of that Act (which relates to traffic signs for dealing with traffic congestion and danger) or section 55 of that Act (which relates to traffic signs in connection with experimental traffic schemes in London).

(2) Any reference in these Regulations to any enactment shall be construed as a reference to that enactment as amended by any subsequent enactment.

(a) 7 & 8 Eliz. 2. c. 25.

(b) S.I. 1961/1210 (1961 II, p. 2408).

(c) 12, 13 & 14 Geo. 6. c. 32.

(d) S.I. 1964/1084 (1964 II, p. 2398).

(3) The Interpretation Act 1889(a) shall apply for the interpretation of these Regulations as it applies for the interpretation of an Act of Parliament, and as if for the purposes of section 38 of that Act these Regulations were an Act of Parliament and the Regulations revoked by Regulation 2 were Acts of Parliament thereby repealed.

References to regulations, schedules, diagrams and signs

5.—(1) Any reference in these Regulations to a numbered Regulation or Schedule is a reference to the Regulation or Schedule bearing that number in these Regulations except where otherwise expressly provided.

(2) Any reference in these Regulations to a diagram by a number is a reference to the diagram of that number in Schedule 1 or Schedule 2 except where otherwise expressly provided.

(3) Any reference in these Regulations to any sign shown in a diagram being a diagram in Schedule 1 or Schedule 2 shall be construed as including a reference to any such...

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