This article discusses some extensive changes for traffic signing of British roads that are being considered. In 1985, the dtp initiated a general review of direction signing policies and practices, and in 1987 it published a report on this direction signs review. In July 1988, the dtp's intentions for a thorough overhaul of the current regulations were announced. In sep 1988, the dtp published a discussion paper on the review of the traffic signs regulations and general directions 1981, which brought together all the proposals of the review and consultation exercises. The draft of the revised regulations was then circulated for comment. Issues raised by the review and draft proposals include: (1) tourism signs; (2) drivers' lack of understanding of some signs; (3) appropriate colour coding of signs; (4) warning signs; (5) signs for mini-roundabouts; (6) more flexible car parking signs; (7) motorway matrix signs; (8) e-route signing to indicate roads of European significance. One of the most important problems is delay in updating road signs, due to shortage of local authority finance. The author considers that the funds currently available for updating all traffic signs to meet new regulations are inadequate, and that current traffic conditions in the UK are such that no ambiguity or lack of clarity in road traffic signing should be allowed to reduce road safety.

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  • Authors:
    • Sly, D
  • Publication Date: 1989-3-16


  • English

Media Info

  • Pagination: p. 15-17
  • Serial:
    • Volume: 171
    • Issue Number: 5036
    • Publisher: Hemming Group, Limited
    • ISSN: 0039-6303

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00498652
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Transport and Road Research Laboratory (TRRL)
  • Files: ITRD, TRIS
  • Created Date: Sep 30 1990 12:00AM