The legal procedure for traffic regulation orders includes:
We consult with:
- Local councillors
- Parish councils
- Chief Constable and other emergency services
- Other institutions such as the Freight Transport Association, the Road Haulage Association
- Local public transport operators
- Local interest groups affected by the proposals, such as residents, traders and community groups. This is particularly the case in residents’ parking schemes
The cabinet member for highways and transportation then reviews the proposal.
We then advertise the proposed traffic regulation order:
- In the local press
- On any roads that are affected
- To premises likely to be affected
- At a nominated council office during office hours for at least 21 days from the start of the notice the proposal
We ask for views from the Chief Constable and local councillors on substantial objections and contentious issues. We then report these to the cabinet member for highways and transportation for consideration. When considering the objections, the cabinet member must decide whether to either allow the scheme to proceed as advertised, modify the scheme, or abandon it.
Making the order
When any standing objections have been considered, the traffic regulation order is then formally sealed. Modifications to the proposals resulting from objections could require further advertising. The whole procedure can take up to 12 months to complete and the advertising and legal fees can be substantial.
Other types of order
Occasionally, experimental orders or temporary orders are introduced which require a slightly different process, but still provide the opportunity for comments.
Experimental orders are used in situations that need monitoring and reviewing. These are usually abandoned, amended or made permanent after 18 months. The process follows the consultation stage above, but the order is introduced at the advertising stage, providing people an opportunity to put forward their views within six months of the introduction of the order.
Temporary orders may be used when works affecting the highway require short-term traffic restrictions, and are introduced following notification in the local press.