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Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984 (c. 27)
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Part V
Traffic Signs
Modifications etc. (not altering text)
Pt. V modified by S.I. 1991/516, art. 3A (which article is inserted by S.I. 1991/808, art. 2(3)).
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General provisions
Click to open 64. General provisions as to traffic signs.
64.
General provisions as to traffic signs.
(1) In this Act traffic sign" means any object or device (whether fixed or portable) for conveying, to traffic on roads or any specified class of traffic, warnings, information, requirements, restrictions or prohibitions of any description
(a)
specified by regulations made by the Ministers acting jointly, or
(b)
authorised by the Secretary of State,
and any line or mark on a road for so conveying such warnings, information, requirements, restrictions or prohibitions.
(2) Traffic signs shall be of the size, colour and type prescribed by regulations made as mentioned in subsection (1)(a) above except where the Secretary of State authorises the erection or retention of a sign of another character; and for the purposes of this subsection illumination, whether by lighting or by the use of reflectors or reflecting material, or the absence of such illumination, shall be part of the type or character of a sign.
(3) Regulations under this section may be made so as to apply either generally or in such circumstances only as may be specified in the regulations.
(4) Except as provided by this Act, no traffic sign shall be placed on or near a road except
(a)
a notice in respect of the use of a bridge;
(b)
a traffic sign placed, in pursuance of powers conferred by a special Act of Parliament or order having the force of an Act, by the owners or operators of a tramway, light railway or trolley vehicle undertaking, a dock undertaking or a harbour undertaking; or
(c)
a traffic sign placed on any land
(i) by a person authorised under the following provisions of this Act to place the sign on a[road], and
(ii) for a purpose for which he is authorised to place it on a[road].
(5) Regulations under this section, or any authorisation under subsection (2) above, may provide that[section 36 of the Road Traffic Act 1988] (drivers to comply with traffic directions) shall apply to signs of a type specified in that behalf by the regulations or, as the case may be, to the sign to which the authorisation relates.
(6) References in any enactment (including any enactment contained in this Act) to the erection or placing of traffic signs shall include references to the display of traffic signs in any manner, whether or not involving fixing or placing.
Amendments (Textual)
Word in s. 64(4)(c)(i) and (ii) substituted (S.) by Roads (Scotland) Act 1984 (c. 54, SIF 108), s. 128(1), Sch. 9 para. 93(21) and substituted (1.11.1991) by New Roads and Street Works Act 1991 (c. 22, SIF 59, 108), s. 168(1), Sch. 8 para.47; S.I. 1991/2288, art. 2(2),Sch.
Words substituted by Road Traffic (Consequential Provisions) Act 1988 (c. 54, SIF 107:1), s. 4, Sch. 3 para. 25(3)
Modifications etc. (not altering text)
S. 64 extended by British Railways Act 1987 (c. xxix), ss. 25, 31(1)(4)
S. 64 applied (with modifications)(6.3.1992) by Aberdeen Harbour Order Confirmation Act 1992 (c. ii), s. 1, Sch. s. 3(2).
S. 64 applied (with modifications) (29.3.1993) by 1993 c. iv, s. 25(1)(b)(3).
S. 64 applied (with modifications) (29.3.1993) by 1993 c. iv, s. 26(1)(b)(3).
S. 64: transfer of certain functions (27.12.1999) by S.I. 1999/3143, art. 2(1)
S. 64(1): definition of traffic signs applied (S.) (1.11.1991) by New Roads and Street Works Act 1991 (c. 22, SIF 59, 108), s. 43(3) (with ss. 47(4), 167(2)); s.I. 1991/2286, art. 2(2), Sch. 2
S. 64(1)(a): amended (1.7.1999) by S.I. 1999/1750, art. 4, Sch. 3; S.I. 1998/3178, art. 3
S. 64(1)(b)(2): transfer of functions (1.7.1999) by S.I. 1999/1750, art. 2, Sch. 1; S.I. 1998/3178, art. 3
S. 64(4) extended (11.11.1996) by S.I. 1996/2714, art. 17(3)
S. 64(4) modified (24.7.2001) by S.I. 2001/3627, art. 18(3)
Click to open 65. Powers and duties of highway authorities as to placing of traffic signs.
65.
Powers and duties of highway authorities as to placing of traffic signs.
[ (1) The traffic authority may cause or permit traffic signs to be placed on or near a road, subject to and in conformity with such general directions as may be given by the Ministers acting jointly or such other directions as may be given by the Secretary of State.]
[ (1A) The power to give general directions under subsection (1) above includes power to require equipment used in connection with traffic signs to be of a type approved in accordance with the directions.]
[ (2) The Secretary of State may give directions to a local traffic authority]
(a)
for the placing of a traffic sign of any prescribed type or authorised character specified in the directions, or
(b)
for replacing a sign so specified by, or converting it into, a sign of another prescribed type or authorised character so specified.
(3) The power to give general directions under subsection (1) above shall be exercisable by statutory instrument.
[(3A) No charge may be made
(a)
in England and Wales, by a highway authority which is the council of a county, metropolitan district or London borough or the Common Council of the City of London, or
(b)
in Scotland, by a local roads authority,
with respect to the exercise of their power under subsection (1) above to permit a traffic sign to be placed on or near any road in their area if (i) the sign conveys information of a temporary nature or is otherwise intended to be placed only temporarily; and
(ii) the sign is to be placed by a body which is prescribed for the purposes of this subsection as being a body appearing to the Secretary of State to be representative of the interests of road users or any class of road users.]
(4) In this section
authorised character" means a character authorised by the Secretary of State; and
prescribed type" means a type prescribed by regulations made under section 64(1)(a) of this Act.
Amendments (Textual)
S. 65(1) substituted (1.11.1991) by New Roads and Street Works Act 1991 (c. 22, SIF 59, 108), s. 168(1), Sch. 8 para. 48(2); which substitution is in force for Scotland only by S.I. 1991/2286, art. 2(2), Sch. 2, and England and Wales only by S.I. 1991/2288, art. 3, Sch.
S. 65(1A) inserted (1.7.1992) by Road Traffic Act 1991 (c. 40, SIF 107:1), s. 48, Sch. 4, para. 29; S.I. 1992/1286, art. 2,Sch.
Words in s. 65(2) substituted (1.11.1991) by New Roads and Street Works Act 1991 (c. 22, SIF 59, 108), s. 168(1), Sch. 8 para. 48(3); which substitution is in force for Scotland only by S.I. 1991/2286, art. 2(2), Sch.2, and for England and Wales only by S.I. 1991/2288, art. 3,Sch.
S. 65(3A) inserted by Local Government and Housing Act 1989 (c. 42, SIF 81:1, 2), s. 153(1)(2)
Modifications etc. (not altering text)
S. 65: transfer of certain functions to the Secretary of State by S.I. 1986/315, art. 3(1) and by S.I. 1986/316, art. 3(1)
S. 65 applied (with modifications)(6.3.1992) by Aberdeen Harbour Order Confirmation Act 1992 (c. ii), s. 1, Sch. s. 3(2).
S. 65: transfer of certain functions (3.7.2000) by 1999 c. 29, s. 275(1)(2) (with Sch. 12 para. 9(1)); S.I. 2000/801, art. 2, Sch.
S. 65 extended (30.4.1999) by S.I. 1999/1306, art. 20(3)
S. 65 extended (21.7.1999) by S.I. 1999/2129, art. 32(3)
S. 65: transfer of certain functions (27.12.1999) by S.I. 1999/3143, art. 2(1)
S. 65 extended (24.7.2001) by S.I. 2001/3627, art. 53(3)
S. 65 extended (14.3.2002) by S.I. 2002/412, art. 27(3)  (with art. 38)
S. 65(1) extended (18.6.1992) by British Railways (No. 2) Act 1992 (c. xi), s. 14(3)(b).
S. 65(1) extended (29.3.1993) by 1993 c. iv, s. 3(3).
S. 65(1) modified (27.7.1993) by 1993 c. xv, s. 4(5).
S. 65(1) applied (24.3.1994) by 1994 c. ii, s. 1 Sch. Pt. II, s. 5(3)(c)
S. 65(1) applied (21.7.1994) by 1994 c. xv, s. 4(5)
S. 65(1) power to contract out functions of the Secretary of State (S.) (16.3.1996) by S.I. 1996/878, art. 2, Sch. para. 4
S. 65(1): transfer of certain functions (1.7.1999) by S.I. 1999/1750, art. 2, Sch. 1; S.I. 1998/3178, art. 3
S. 65(1) amended (1.7.1999) by S.I. 1999/1750, art. 4, Sch. 3; S.I. 1998/3178, art. 3
S. 65(2)(3A)(b)(ii): tranfer of functions (1.7.1999) by S.I. 1999/1750, art. 2 Sch. 3; S.I. 1998/3178, art. 3
Click to open 66. Traffic signs for giving effect to local traffic regulations.
66.
Traffic signs for giving effect to local traffic regulations.
(1) A constable, or a person acting under the instructions (whether general or specific) of the chief officer of police, may place on a[road], or on any structure on a[road], traffic signs (of any size, colour and type prescribed or authorised under section 64 of this Act) indicating prohibitions, restrictions or requirements relating to vehicular traffic, as may be requisite
(a)
for giving effect to regulations, orders or directions under any enactment mentioned in subsection (2) below, or
(b)
for giving effect to directions given under[section 31(4) of the Road Traffic Act 1988] (which enables directions to be given in consequence of the holding of an authorised race or trial of speed).
(2) The enactments referred to in subsection (1) above are
(a)
section 52 of the Metropolitan Police Act 1839 (which relates to prevention of obstruction on public occasions or in the neighbourhood of public buildings in the metropolitan police district);
(b)
section 22 of the local Act of the second and third year of the reign of Queen Victoria, chapter 94 (which makes similar provision in relation to the City of London);
(c)
section 21 of the Town Police Clauses Act 1847 (which likewise makes similar provision for areas to which that Act is applied); and
(d)
section[62 of the Roads (Scotland) Act 1984] and any corresponding provision contained in a local Act relating to any part of Scotland.
(3) In this section prescribed" means prescribed by regulations under section 64(1)(a) of this Act.
Amendments (Textual)
Words in s. 66(1) substituted (S.) by Roads (Scotland) Act 1984 (c. 54, SIF 108), s. 128(1), Sch. 9 para. 93(23)(a) and substituted (1.11.1991) by New Roads and Street Works Act 1991 (c. 22, SIF 59, 108), s. 168(1), Sch. 8 para. 49; S.I. 1991/2288, art. 3,Sch.
Words substituted by Road Traffic (Consequential Provisions) Act 1988 (c. 54, SIF 107:1), s. 4, Sch. 3 para. 25(4)
Words in s. 66(2)(d) substituted (S.) by Roads (Scotland) Act 1984 (c. 54, SIF 108), s. 128(1), Sch. 9 para. 93(23)(b)
Marginal Citations
1839 c. 47(95).
1839 c. xciv.
1847 c. 89(107:1).
1984 c. 54(108).
Click to open 67. Emergencies and temporary obstructions.
67.
Emergencies and temporary obstructions.
(1) A constable, or a person acting under the instructions (whether general or specific) of the chief officer of police, may place on a[road], or on any structure on a[road], traffic signs (of any size, colour and type prescribed or authorised under section 64 of this Act), indicating prohibitions, restrictions or requirements relating to vehicular traffic, as may be necessary or expedient to prevent or mitigate congestion or obstruction of traffic, or danger to or from traffic, in consequence of extraordinary circumstances; and the power to place signs conferred by this subsection shall include power to maintain a sign for a period of 7 days or less from the time when it was placed, but no longer.
(2) [Section 36 of the Road Traffic Act 1988] (drivers to comply with traffic directions) shall apply to signs placed in the exercise of the powers conferred by subsection (1) above.
(3) Regulations under section 64 of this Act prescribing any type of object or device for warning traffic of a temporary obstruction may include provisions for authorising (subject to such conditions as may be specified in the regulations) persons not otherwise authorised to do so to place an object or device of that type on or near roads, or on or near any description of road so specified, in such circumstances and for such periods as may be so specified.
Amendments (Textual)
Words in s. 67(1) substituted (S.) by Roads (Scotland) Act 1984 (c. 54, SIF 108), s. 128(1), Sch. 9 para. 93(24) and substituted (1.11.1991) by New Roads and Street Works Act 1991 (c. 22, SIF 59, 108), s. 168(1), Sch. 8 para.50; S.I. 1991/2288, art. 3,Sch.
Words substituted by Road Traffic (Consequential Provisions) Act 1988 (c. 54, SIF 107:1), s. 4, Sch. 3 para. 25(5)
Modifications etc. (not altering text)
S. 67 applied (with modifications)(6.3.1992) by Aberdeen Harbour Order Confirmation Act 1992 (c. ii), s. 1, Sch. s. 3(2).
S. 67 excluded (S.) (4.1.1995) by 1994 c. 39, s. 150(1); S.I. 1994/2850, art. 3a, Sch. 2
Click to open 68. Placing of traffic signs in connection with exercise of other powers.
68.
Placing of traffic signs in connection with exercise of other powers.
(1) This section applies to any authority having power to make
(a)
an order under or by virtue of any of the following provisions of this Act, namely, sections 1 to 4, sections 14,[16A]19, 29, . . . 32, 35, 37, 38, 45 and 46 and subsections (2) and (4) of section 49, or
(b)
an order as respects a road outside Greater London under section 9 of this Act, or
(c)
an order to which this paragraph applies by virtue of any provision of Part VI of this Act.
(2) Without prejudice to any powers conferred by or under any other provision of this Act, but subject to subsection (3) below, an authority to whom this section applies may place and maintain, or cause to be placed and maintained, such traffic signs, of any type prescribed or character authorised under section 64 of this Act, as the authority may consider necessary in connection with any order made by the authority as respects any road and falling within any of paragraphs (a) to (c) of subsection (1) above[or, in the case of a traffic authority having power to make an order under section 14 of this Act, as the authority may consider necessary in connection with any order made or notice issued by them under that section]; but, if the order is made[or, as the case may be, the notice is issued]by an authority other than the[traffic authority] for the road, the authority by whom the order is made[or, as the case may be, the notice is issued]
(a)
shall consult with the[traffic authority] as to the placing of the signs, and
(b)
unless the[traffic authority] are unwilling to do so, shall enter into arrangements with the[traffic authority] for the signs to be placed and maintained by the[traffic authority]
(3) The power conferred by subsection (2) above on an authority to whom this section applies shall be exercisable subject to and in conformity with any general directions given under section 65(1) of this Act, whether that authority is a[traffic authority] or not; and any other power conferred by section 65 to give directions to a[traffic authority] shall include power to give the like directions to an authority to whom this section applies.
Amendments (Textual)
Words in s. 68(1)(a) inserted (3.5.1994) by 1994 C. 11, s. 3(1), Sch. para. 1
S. 68(1): reference to s. 30 repealed (1.11.1991) by New Roads and Street Works Act 1991 (c. 22, SIF 59, 108), s. 168(1)(2), Sch. 8 para. 51(2), Sch. 9; which repeal is in force for Scotland only by S.I. 1991/2286, art. 2(2), Sch. 2 and for England and Wales only by S.I. 1991/2288, art. 3, Sch.
Words in s. 68(2) inserted (1.7.1992) by Road Traffic (Temporary Restrictions) Act 1991 (c. 26, SIF 107:1), s. 1(3)(a); S.I. 1992/1218, art. 2.
Words in s. 68(2) inserted (1.7.1992) by Road Traffic (Temporary Restrictions) Act 1991 (c. 26, SIF 107:1), s. 1(3)(b); S.I. 1992/1218, art. 2.
Words in s. 68(2) and (3) substituted (1.11.1991) by New Roads and Street Works Act 1991 (c. 22, SIF 59, 108), s. 168(1), Sch. 8 para. 51(3); which substitution is in force for Scotland only by S.I. 1991/2286, art. 2(2), Sch. 2 and for England and Wales only by S.I. 1991/2288, art. 3, Sch.
Modifications etc. (not altering text)
S. 68 applied (with modifications)(6.3.1992) by Aberdeen Harbour Order Confirmation Act 1992 (c. ii), s. 1, Sch. s. 3(2).
Click to open 69. General provisions as to removal of signs.
69.
General provisions as to removal of signs.
(1) The[traffic authority] may by notice in writing require the owner or occupier of any land on which there is an object or device (whether fixed or portable) for the guidance or direction of persons using[the road] to remove it.
(2) If a person fails to comply with such a notice, the[traffic authority] may themselves effect the removal, doing as little damage as may be; and the expenses incurred by them in doing so shall be recoverable by them from the person in default, and, in England or Wales, shall be so recoverable summarily as a civil debt.
(3) The Secretary of State may give directions to a[local traffic authority] requiring the authority to remove, or cause to be removed, any traffic sign or any such object or device as is mentioned in subsection (1) above.
Amendments (Textual)
Words in s. 69(1) substituted (1.11.1991) by New Roads and Street Works Act 1991 (c. 22, SIF 59, 108), s. 168(1), Sch. 8 para. 52(2)(a); which substitution is in force for Scotland only by S.I. 1991/2286, art. 2(2), Sch. 2 and for England and Wales only by S.I. 1991/2288, art. 3, Sch.
Words in s. 69(1) substituted (1.11.1991) by New Roads and Street Works Act 1991 (c. 22, SIF 59, 108), s. 168(1), Sch. 8 para. 52(2)(b); which substitution is in force for Scotland only by S.I. 1991/2286, art. 2(2), Sch. 2 and for England and Wales only by S.I. 1991/2288, art. 3,Sch.
Words in s. 69(2) substituted (1.11.1991) by New Roads and Street Works Act 1991 (c. 22, SIF 59, 108), s. 168(1), Sch. 8 para. 52(3); which substitution is in force for Scotland only by S.I. 1991/2286, art. 2(2), Sch.2 and for England and Wales only by S.I. 1991/2288, art. 3,Sch.
Words in s. 69(3) substituted (1.11.1991) by New Roads and Street Works Act 1991 (c. 22, SIF 59, 108), s. 168(1), Sch. 8 para. 52(4); which substitution is in force for Scotland only by S.I. 1991/2286, art. 2(2), Sch. 2 and for England and Wales only by S.I. 1991/2288, art. 3,Sch.
Modifications etc. (not altering text)
S. 69(1)(2)(3): transfer of functions (1.7.1999) by S.I 1999/1750, art. 2, Sch. 1; S.I. 1998/3178, art. 3
Click to open 70. Default powers of Secretary of State as to traffic signs.
70.
Default powers of Secretary of State as to traffic signs.
(1) If a[local traffic authority] or an authority to whom section 68 of this Act applies fail to comply with any direction given under section 65(2) or section 69 of this Act, the Secretary of State may himself carry out the work required by the direction; and the expenses incurred by him in doing so shall be recoverable by him from the authority, and, in England or Wales, shall be so recoverable summarily as a civil debt.
(2) Any such direction
(a)
if relating to a road in England or Wales, shall be enforceable on the application of the Secretary of State by an order of mandamus; or
(b)
if relating to a road in Scotland, shall be enforceable by order of the Court of Session on an application by the Lord Advocate under section 91 of the Court of Session Act 1868.
Amendments (Textual)
Words in s. 70(1) substituted by New Roads and Street Works Act 1991 (c. 22, SIF 59, 108), ss. 168(1), Sch. 8 para.53; which substitution is in force for Scotland only by S.I. 1991/2286, art. 2(2), Sch. 2 and for England and Wales only by S.I. 1991/2288, art. 3,Sch.
Modifications etc. (not altering text)
S. 70: transfer of functions (6.5.1999) by S.I. 1999/901, art. 5, Sch.
S. 70(1): transfer of functions (1.7.1999) by S.I. 1999/1750, art. 2, Sch. 1; S.I. 1998/3178, art. 3
Marginal Citations
1868 c. 100(36:).
Click to open 71. Power to enter land in connection with traffic signs.
71.
Power to enter land in connection with traffic signs.
(1) A[local traffic authority] or an authority to whom section 68 of this Act applies or the Secretary of State may enter any land and exercise such other powers as may be necessary for the purpose of the exercise and performance of their powers and duties of placing, replacing, converting and removing traffic signs or their powers and duties under section 69 of this Act.
(2) In this section traffic signs" includes signposts for footpaths (within the meaning of the Highways Act 1980) and bridleways, and signposts" includes other signs or notices for the same purpose.
(3) Subsection (2) above does not extend to Scotland.
Amendments (Textual)
Words in s. 71(1) substituted (1.11.1991) by New Roads and Street Works Act 1991 (c. 22, SIF 59, 108), s. 168(1), Sch. 8 para.54; which substitution is in force for Scotland only by S.I. 1991/2286, art. 2(2), Sch.2 and for England and Wales only by S.I. 1991/2288, art. 3,Sch.
Modifications etc. (not altering text)
S. 71(1): tranfer of functions (1.7.1999) by S.I. 1999/1750, art. 2, Sch. 1; S.I. 1998/3178, art. 3
Marginal Citations
1980 c. 66(59).
Click to open Provisions as to Greater London
Provisions as to Greater London
Click to open 73. Powers and duties of local traffic authorities in Greater London in respect of traffic signs.
73.
[Powers and duties of local traffic authorities in Greater London in respect of traffic signs.]
[(1) In connection with any order under section 6 or 9 of this Act made or proposed by them,[Transport for London,] the council of a London borough and the Common Council of the City of London may, as respects any road . . .[for which they are the traffic authority] affix any traffic sign to any lamp-post or other structure in the highway, whether or not belonging to[Transport for London or] the council.]
[(1A) In connection with any GLA road, Transport for London may
(a)
exercise, as respects any road in Greater London which is neither a trunk road nor a GLA road, any powers exercisable by the traffic authority for that road in connection with the placing of traffic signs on or near that road in pursuance of section 65 of this Act; and
(b)
affix any such sign to any lamp-post or other structure in the highway, whether or not belonging to Transport for London.
(1B) The power conferred by subsection (1A) above shall be exercisable
(a)
in connection with any order under section 6 or 9 of this Act made or proposed to be made by Transport for London; or
(b)
in any other circumstances.
(1C) Before exercising the power conferred by subsection (1A) above, Transport for London shall consult the traffic authority for the road on or near which Transport for London proposes to place the traffic sign.]
(2) As respects any traffic sign lawfully in place in[[  Greater London]which is required in connection with an order under section 6 or 9 of this Act, it shall be the duty of[the appropriate traffic authority]]
(a)
to take such steps to maintain, and to make such alteration of, that sign as may be necessary or expedient in connection with any relevant order, and
(b)
to remove the sign if it ceases to be required in connection with any order under section 6 or 9 of this Act.

In paragraph (a) above relevant order", in relation to a traffic sign, means an order under section 6 or 9 of this Act in connection with which the traffic sign is required.
[(2A) For the purposes of subsection (2) above, the appropriate traffic authority", in the case of any traffic sign, is the authority which is the traffic authority for the road as respects which the order under section 6 or 9 of this Act is made in connection with which the traffic sign is required.]
(3)(5) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
[(6) The powers of Transport for London exercisable under subsection (1A) above by virtue of subsection (1B)(b) above shall extend to the removal or repositioning of any traffic sign on or near the road in question, whether placed by Transport for London or not.
(7) On the removal or repositioning by Transport for London of any such traffic sign placed by another authority, the traffic sign shall vest in Transport for London.
(8) Except
(a)
with the consent of Transport for London, or
(b)
in pursuance of a direction under section 65(2) of this Act,
the traffic authority for a road shall not remove, alter or in any way interfere with any traffic sign placed or repositioned on or near the road by Transport for London by virtue of subsection (1B)(b) above.]
Amendments (Textual)
S. 73 sidenote substituted (3.7.2000) by virtue of 1999 c. 29, s. 273(1)(7) (with Sch. 12 para. 9(1)); S.I. 2000/801, art. 2, Sch.
S. 73(1) substituted by Local Government Act 1985 (c. 51, SIF 81:1), ss. 1, 2, 8(1), Sch. 5 para. 4(26)(a)
Words in s. 73(1) inserted (3.7.2000) by 1999 c. 29, s. 273(1)(2)(a) (with Sch. 12 para. 9(1)); S.I. 2000/801, art. 2, Sch.
Words in s. 73(1) repealed (3.7.2000) by 1999 c. 29, ss. 273(1)(2)(b), 423, Sch. 34 Pt. IV (with Sch. 12 para. 9(1)); S.I. 2000/801, art. 2, Sch.
Words in s. 73(1) substituted (1.11.1991) by New Roads and Street Works Act 1991 (c. 22, SIF 59, 108), s. 168(1), Sch. 8 para. 55; which substitution is in force for Scotland only by S.I. 1991/2286, art. 2(2), Sch. 2, and for England and Wales only by S.I. 1991/2288, art. 3, Sch.
Words in s. 73(1) inserted (3.7.2000) by 1999 c. 29, s. 273(1)(2)(c) (with Sch. 12 para. 9(1)); S.I. 2000/801, art. 2, Sch.
S. 73(1A)(1B)(1C) inserted (3.7.2000) by 1999 c. 29, s. 273(1)(3) (with Sch. 12 para. 9(1)); S.I. 2000/801, art. 2, Sch.
Words substituted by Local Government Act 1985 (c. 51, SIF 81:1), ss. 1, 2, 8(1), Sch. 5 para. 4(26)(b)
Words in s. 73(2) substituted (3.7.2000) by 1999 c. 29, s. 273(1)(4)(a) (with Sch. 12 para. 9(1)); S.I. 2000/801, art. 2, Sch.
Words in s. 73(2) substituted (3.7.2000) by 1999 c. 29, s. 273(1)(4)(b) (with Sch. 12 para. 9(1)); S.I. 2000/801, art. 2, Sch.
S. 73(2A) inserted (3.7.2000) by 1999 c. 29, s. 273(1)(5) (with Sch. 12 para. 9(1)); S.I. 2000/801, art. 2, Sch.
S. 73(3)(5) repealed by Local Government Act 1985 (c. 51, SIF 81:1), ss. 1, 102(2)(3), Sch. 17
S. 73(6)(7)(8) inserted (3.7.2000) by 1999 c. 29, s. 273(1)(6) (with Sch. 12 para. 9(1)); S.I. 2000/801, art. 2, Sch.
Modifications etc. (not altering text)
S. 73: Certain functions transferred to the Secretary of State by S.I. 1986/315, art. 3(1)
S. 73: transfer of functions (3.7.2000) by 1999 c. 29, s. 275(1)(2) (with Sch. 12 para. 9(1)); S.I. 2000/801, art. 2, Sch.
Click to open 74. Affixing of traffic signs to walls.
74.
Affixing of traffic signs to walls.
(1) For the purpose of placing traffic signs on or near any road in[their area] in pursuance of section 65, 68 or 73 of this Act, . . .[Transport for London and]   the council of a London borough . . . shall[each](subject to subsections (2) to (7) below) have power to affix a traffic sign to any external wall of a building having a frontage to, or constructed over, any such road.
[(1A) Subsections (2) to (7) below shall apply in relation to Transport for London as they apply in relation to a London borough council.]
(2) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
(3) Subject to subsection (4) below, a council shall not affix a traffic sign to the external wall of a building under this section without the consent of the owner of the building.
(4) Where in the opinion of . . . the council of a London borough . . . any consent required under subsection (3) above is unreasonably withheld, they may apply to the appropriate authority, who may either allow the affixing of the traffic sign subject to such conditions, if any, as to rent or otherwise as the appropriate authority think fit, or disallow the affixing of the traffic sign.
(5) Where any traffic sign has been affixed by a council to a building under this section
(a)
the council shall have the right, as against any person having an interest in the building, to alter or remove it, or to repair or maintain it, but
(b)
the owner of the building may give to the council not less than 14 days notice requiring them at their own expense temporarily to remove the sign where necessary during any reconstruction or repair of the building.
(6) If any person suffers damage by or in consequence of the affixing of a traffic sign by a council, or by or in consequence of the exercise by a council of the rights conferred by subsection (5)(a) above, he shall be entitled to be paid by the council such compensation as may be agreed with the council or, in default of agreement, determined by arbitration.
(7) Subsection (1) above shall have effect subject to section 2 of the Ancient Monuments and Archaeological Areas Act 1979 (under which scheduled monument consent is required for the execution of certain works affecting scheduled monuments).
(8) Nothing in this section shall derogate from the powers of[Transport for London or] . . . the council of a London borough to enter on land for the placing of traffic signs in pursuance of section 71 of this Act or to carry out work for the improvement of a highway in pursuance of section 62 of the Highways Act 1980 (general power of improvement).
(9) In this section
appropriate authority" means a magistrates court, except that, in relation to buildings of any description specified in the first column of Schedule 5 to this Act, it means the [minister] specified in relation to that description in the second column of that Schedule;
building" includes a structure and a bridge or aqueduct over a street;
owner" (a) in relation to a building occupied under a tenancy for a term of years of which five years or more remain unexpired, means the occupier of the building, and
(b) in relation to any other building, means the person for the time being receiving the rackrent of the building, whether on his own account or as agent or trustee for any other person, or who would so receive it if the building were let at a rackrent; and
traffic sign" includes any apparatus required for the illumination of a traffic sign which forms part of the sign.
Amendments (Textual)
Words substituted by Local Government Act 1985 (c. 51, SIF 81:1), ss. 1, 2, 8(1), Sch. 5 para. 4(27)
Words in s. 74(1) inserted (3.7.2000) by 1999 c. 29, s. 274(1)(2)(a) (with Sch. 12 para. 9(1)); S.I. 2000/801, art. 2, Sch.
Words repealed by Local Government Act 1985 (c. 51, SIF 81:1), ss. 1, 2, 8(1),102(2)(3), Sch. 5 para. 4(27), Sch. 17
Words in s. 74(1) substituted (3.7.2000) by 1999 c. 29, s. 274(1)(2)(b) (with Sch. 12 para. 9(1)); S.I. 2000/801, art. 2, Sch.
S. 74(1A) inserted (3.7.2000) by 1999 c. 29, s. 274(1)(3) (with Sch. 12 para. 9(1)); S.I. 2000/801, art. 2, Sch.
S. 74(2) repealed by Local Government Act 1985 (c. 51, SIF 81:1), ss. 1, 102(2)(3), Sch. 17
Words repealed by Local Government Act 1985 (c. 51, SIF 81:1), ss. 1, 102(2)(3), Sch. 17
Words in s. 74(8) inserted (3.7.2000) by 1999 c. 29, s. 274(1)(4) (with Sch. 12 para. 9(1)); S.I. 2000/801, art. 2, Sch.
Words repealed by Local Government Act 1985 (c. 51, SIF 81:1), ss. 1, 102(2)(3), Sch. 17
Word in s. 74(9) substituted (25.11.2002) by The Transfer of Functions (Transport, Local Government and the Regions) Order 2002 (S.I. 2002/2626), art. 20, Sch. 2 para. 11(2) 
Modifications etc. (not altering text)
S. 74: certain functions transferred to the Secretary of State by S.I. 1986/315, art. 3(1)
S. 74: transfer of functions (3.7.2000) by 1999 c. 29, s. 275(1)(2) (with Sch. 12 para. 9(1)); S.I. 2000/801, art. 2, Sch.
S. 74: transfer of functions (25.11.2002) by The Transfer of Functions (Transport, Local Government and the Regions) Order 2002 (S.I. 2002/2626), art. 4(b)  (with arts. 7, 8)
Marginal Citations
1979 c. 46(3).
1980 c. 66(59).
Click to open 74A. London borough councils and the London traffic control system.
[74A.
London borough councils and the London traffic control system.
(1) If a London borough council requests Transport for London to provide any new traffic light installations for a road in Greater London which is neither a GLA road nor a trunk road, Transport for London shall approve and carry out the work unless it considers that there are reasonable grounds for refusing to do so.
(2) If Transport for London and a London borough council so agree, Transport for London may make a scheme transferring to the council
(a)
any part of the London traffic control system, and
(b)
the power to maintain and operate that part of the system.
(3) The council for a London borough may, with the approval of Transport for London, buy, own, maintain and operate new traffic light installations for any road in the borough other than a trunk road.
(4) Where the powers conferred by subsection (2) or (3) above are exercised, the London borough council concerned shall, as respects the traffic signs comprised in
(a)
the part of the London traffic control system transferred by the scheme under subsection (2) above, or
(b)
the traffic light installations referred to in subsection (3) above,
be treated (to the exclusion of Transport for London) as the traffic authority for all roads in Greater London (other than trunk roads) on or near which those traffic signs are placed.
(5) Any exercise of the powers conferred by subsections (1) to (3) above is subject to the agreement of financial arrangements between Transport for London and the council concerned.
(6) Before Transport for London
(a)
changes the operating cycle, or the timing of the operating cycle, of any traffic light installations provided on a road in Greater London which is neither a GLA road nor a trunk road, or
(b)
provides new traffic light installations for such a road,
Transport for London shall consult the council of the London borough in which the installations are or are to be provided.
(7) In this section
the London traffic control system" means the traffic control system which Transport for London has power to operate by virtue of the functions transferred to it
(a) by section 275 of the Greater London Authority Act 1999; or
(b) by a scheme under subsection (1) or (3) of section 74B of this Act transferring functions of the Secretary of State to Transport for London;
traffic control system" means a system for controlling the movement of vehicular traffic or of pedestrians by means of traffic light installations;
traffic light installations" means
(a) traffic signs which are light signals for controlling the movement of vehicular traffic or of pedestrians; or
(b) any installations or apparatus used in connection with the operation of any such traffic signs.
(8) For the purposes of this section
(a)
the City of London shall be treated as if it were a London borough;
(b)
the Common Council shall be treated as if it were the council for a London borough; and
(c)
the Inner Temple and the Middle Temple shall be treated as forming part of the City.]
Amendments (Textual)
S. 74A inserted (3.7.2000) by 1999 c. 29, s. 276 (with Sch. 12 para. 9(1)); S.I. 2000/801, art. 2, Sch.
Click to open 74B. Transfer of traffic control systems between Secretary of State and Transport for London.
[74B.
Transfer of traffic control systems between Secretary of State and Transport for London.
(1) If the Secretary of State and Transport for London so agree, the Secretary of State may make a scheme transferring to Transport for London
(a)
the traffic control system for a trunk road in Greater London; and
(b)
the power to maintain and operate that system.
(2) If Transport for London and the Secretary of State so agree, Transport for London may make a scheme transferring to the Secretary of State
(a)
the London traffic control system; and
(b)
the power to maintain and operate that system.
(3) If, in a case where a traffic control system has been transferred under this section, the transferee and the transferor so agree, the transferee may make a scheme transferring back to the transferor the system and the power to maintain and operate it.
(4) A scheme under subsection (1), (2) or (3) above may make provision for the transferee to be treated (to the exclusion of the transferor), as respects the traffic signs comprised in the traffic control system transferred, as the traffic authority for specified roads in Greater London on or near which those traffic signs are placed.
(5) Any exercise of the powers conferred by subsections (1) to (3) above is subject to the agreement of financial arrangements between the Secretary of State and Transport for London.
(6) Any reference in this section to a traffic control system includes a reference to part of a traffic control system.
(7) Expressions used in this section and in section 74A above have the same meaning in this section as they have in that section.]
Amendments (Textual)
S. 74B inserted (3.7.2000) by 1999 c. 29, s. 277 (with Sch. 12 para. 9(1)); S.I. 2000/801, art. 2, Sch.
Click to open 74C. The traffic authority for traffic signs.
[74C.
The traffic authority for traffic signs.
(1) This section has effect for the purposes of sections 65, 73, 74, 74A, 74B and 75 of this Act.
(2) In the application of those provisions to traffic signs in Greater London which are light signals for controlling the movement of vehicular traffic or of pedestrians, Transport for London shall at all times be deemed to be the traffic authority for all roads in Greater London other than trunk roads.
(3) Without prejudice to the powers of the traffic authority for the road in question, Transport for London shall also be deemed to be the traffic authority for any road in Greater London for which they are not in fact the traffic authority for the purposes of the exercise by them as respects that road under section 73(1A) above of any powers exercisable by the traffic authority for that road.
(4) Subsections (2) and (3) above are subject to any provision to the contrary made by or under section 74A or 74B of this Act.]
Amendments (Textual)
S. 74C inserted (3.7.2000) by 1999 c. 29, s. 278 (with Sch. 12 para. 9(1)); S.I. 2000/801, art. 2, Sch.
Click to open 75. Similar provisions applicable in City of London.
75.
Similar provisions applicable in City of London.
(1) For the purpose of placing traffic signs on or near any road in the City of London in pursuance of section 65 of this Act, or any apparatus required for illumination forming part of any such sign, the Corporation, subject to subsections (2) and (3) below, shall have power to affix any such sign or apparatus to the external wall of any building fronting any such road.
(2) Section 53 of the City of London (Various Powers) Act 1900 (which, in relation to things affixed for the public lighting of streets, provides for compensation for injury and makes special provision as to railway property and Crown property) shall apply in relation to the affixing of any traffic sign or apparatus under subsection (1) above as it applies to the affixing of brackets, wires, pipes, lamps and apparatus for the public lighting of streets, and shall so apply as if, in that section, street" included any road within the meaning of this Act.
(3) Nothing in this section shall authorise the Corporation, without the consent of the Secretary of State, to affix any traffic sign or apparatus forming part of any such sign to
(a)
any building for the time being included in a list published by the Secretary of State under any enactments for the time being in force with respect to ancient monuments, or
(b)
any building for the time being included in a list of buildings of special architectural or historic interest compiled by the Secretary of State under[section 1 of the Planning (Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas) Act 1990], not being a building to which paragraph (a) above applies.
(4) Subsection (3) above is without prejudice to section 2 of the Ancient Monuments and Archaeological Areas Act 1979 (under which scheduled monument consent is required for the execution of certain works affecting scheduled monuments).
(5) In this section the Corporation" means the mayor and commonalty and citizens of the City of London acting by the Common Council.
Amendments (Textual)
Words substituted by Planning (Consequential Provisions) Act 1990 (c. 11, SIF 123:1, 2), s. 4, Sch. 2 para. 64(1)
Modifications etc. (not altering text)
S. 75: Certain functions transferred to the Secretary of State by S.I. 1986/315, art. 3(1)
S. 75: transfer of functions (3.7.2000) by 1999 c. 29, s. 275(1)(2) (with Sch. 12 para. 9(1)); S.I. 2000/801, art. 2, Sch.
Marginal Citations
1900 c. ccxxviii.
1979 c. 46(3).
Click to open 76. Traffic signs in connection with experimental traffic schemes in London.
76. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Amendments (Textual)
S. 76 repealed (subject to saving in s. 294(2)-(8) of the repealing Act) (3.7.2000) by 1999 c. 29, ss. 294(1)(a), 423, Sch. 34, Pt. VI (with Sch. 12 para. 9(1)); S.I. 2000/801, art. 2, Sch.
Click to open Supplementary provisions
Supplementary provisions
Click to open 77. Traffic signs: modifications as respects trunk roads.
77.
Traffic signs: modifications as respects trunk roads.
[In relation to a road for which the Secretary of State is the traffic authority]
(a)
section 65(1) of this Act shall have effect with the omission of references to directions, and
(b)
the provisions of this Act relating to directions for the placing, replacing, conversion and removal of traffic signs, notices, objects or devices shall not apply except in relation to a bridge repairable by a person other than the Secretary of State.
Amendments (Textual)
Words in s. 77 substituted (1.11.1991) by New Roads and Street Works Act 1991 (c. 22, SIF 59, 108), s. 168(1), Sch. 8 para.56; which substitution is in force for Scotland only by S.I. 1991/2286, art. 2(2), Sch.2 and for England and Wales only by S.I. 1991/2288, art. 3, Sch. 3
Click to open 78. . . .
78.
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Amendments (Textual)
S. 78 repealed by Road Traffic (Consequential Provisions) Act 1988 (c. 54, SIF 107:1), ss. 3, 5, Sch. 1 Pt. I, Sch. 4 paras. 13
Click to open 79. Advances by Secretary of State towards expenses of traffic signs.
79.
Advances by Secretary of State towards expenses of traffic signs.
(1) The Secretary of State may, out of moneys provided by Parliament, make advances towards any expenses incurred by a council in the discharge of any obligation imposed on them, by or under any provisions to which this section applies, in relation to the erection, maintenance, alteration or removal of traffic signs.
(2) This section applies to all the provisions of this Act except sections 72, 74 and 75.
(3) An advance under this section may be either by way of grant or by way of loan or partly in the one way and partly in the other, and shall be upon such terms and subject to such conditions as the Secretary of State thinks fit.
(4) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
(5) The power of the Secretary of State under this section to make advances towards expenses incurred in relation to traffic signs shall be exercisable with respect to any expenses incurred under section 68 of this Act by an authority to whom that section applies or by a[local traffic authority]
Amendments (Textual)
S. 79(4) repealed by Local Government Act 1985 (c. 51, SIF 81:1), ss. 1, 102(2)(3), Sch. 17
Words in s. 79(5) substituted (1.11.1991) by New Roads and Street Works Act 1991 (c. 22, SIF 59, 108), s. 168(1), Sch. 8 para.57; which substitution is in force for Scotland only by S.I. 1991/2286, art. 2(2), Sch.2 and for England and Wales only by S.I. 1991/2288, art. 3,Sch.
Modifications etc. (not altering text)
S. 79(1): transfer of functions (1.7.1999) by S.I. 1999/1750, art. 2, Sch. 1; S.I. 1998/3178, art. 3
Click to open 80. References to highway authorities in Part V.
80.
References to highway authorities in Part V.
(1) References to a[traffic authority] in any of the provisions of this Act specified in subsection (2) below shall be construed as including references to any person who, not being a[traffic authority] , is responsible for the maintenance of a road.
(2) The provisions of this Act referred to in subsection (1) above are section 65 and sections 68 to 73.
Amendments (Textual)
Words in s. 80(1) substituted (1.11.1991) by New Roads and Street Works Act 1991 (c. 22, SIF 59, 108), s. 168(1), Sch. 8 para.58; which substitution is in force for Scotland only by S.I. 1991/2286, art. 2(2), Sch. 2 and for England and Wales only by S.I. 1991/2288, art. 3,Sch.


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