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|Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984 (c. 27)|
|Part V 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—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—(5) Regulations under this section, or any authorisation under subsection (2) above, may provide that [F2 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.
a notice in respect of the use of a bridge;
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
— [ F3 (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.][ F4 (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.][ F5 (2) The Secretary of State may give directions to a local traffic authority—](3) The power to give general directions under subsection (1) above shall be exercisable by statutory instrument.[F6 (3A) No charge may be made—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—
for the placing of a traffic sign of any prescribed type or authorised character specified in the directions, or
for replacing a sign so specified by, or converting it into, a sign of another prescribed type or authorised character so specified.
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
in Scotland, by a local roads authority,
“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.
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 [F7 road], or on any structure on a [F7 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—
for giving effect to regulations, orders or directions under any enactment mentioned in subsection (2) below, or
for giving effect to directions given under [F8 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).
section 52 of the M1 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);
section 22 of the M2 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);
section 21 of the M3 Town Police Clauses Act 1847 (which likewise makes similar provision for areas to which that Act is applied); and
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 [F10 road], or on any structure on a [F10 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.
Placing of traffic signs in connection with exercise of other powers.— (1) This section applies to any authority having power to make—
an order as respects a road outside Greater London under section 9 of this Act, or
an order to which this paragraph applies by virtue of any provision of Part VI of this Act.
shall consult with the [traffic authority] as to the placing of the signs, and
69.(2) If a person fails to comply with such a notice, the [F19 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 [F20 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.
General provisions as to removal of signs.— (1) The [F17 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 [F18 the road] to remove it.
70.(2) Any such direction—
Default powers of Secretary of State as to traffic signs.— (1) If a [F21 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.
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
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 M5 Court of Session Act 1868.
Power to enter land in connection with traffic signs.— (1) A [F22 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.
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