The Department for Transport have been carrying out a review of the Traffic Signs Manual in light of the revised 2016 Traffic Signs Regulation and General Directions (TSRGD) and this week the Department for Transport published its renewed chapters. These can be downloaded as PDF documents (links below) or copies ordered via links on the Government website. The emphasis of the TSRGD 2016 was to consolidate previous revisions since its launch in 2002 and to provide guidance and support for reducing the blight of ‘Sign Clutter’.
The Traffic Signs Manual gives guidance to local authorities on the use of traffic signs and road markings.
This review has resulted in revisions to three chapters
- Chapter 3 – Regulatory Signs;
- Chapter 5 – Road Markings; and
- Chapter 7 – The Design of Traffic Signs.
Chapters 1 and 4 were published in 2018 and within its introduction Chapter 1 highlights that “Reducing sign clutter was a key aim of the revision of TSRGD. The guidance on decluttering in the Manual has been strengthened to reflect the changes in TSRGD…”
Peter Maurice – Associate Director for Sanderson Associates (Consulting Engineers) Ltd of Huddersfield says ‘We welcome the publishing of the revised chapters this week as it now links the manual back to the Regulations in a coordinated structure. Any ambiguity between what the engineer designs and what a Local Authorities interpretation of the regulations are is now minimised”.
Further information can be found at the Government website – Traffic Signs Manual