Traffic Management Orders

What is a Traffic Management Order (TMO)?

A TMO is a statutory legal document made by the council under the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984.  

TMOs are used used to provide the legal backing for the enforcement of road, traffic or parking schemes.

There are four types of TMO:

Permanent TMOs

Most of the signs and lines that are on our streets are governed by Permanent TMOs e.g:

  • double / single yellow lines
  • parking bays and places
  • speed limits
  • banned turns
  • prohibition of traffic
  • one way roads

Some on street restrictions do not require a TMO e.g. bus stop clearways, box junctions, school keep clear (zig-zag markings)

Experimental TMOs

Experimental TMOs are used to monitor the effectiveness of restrictions . An experimental TMO lasts no more than eighteen months before they allowed to lapse or amended or made permanent.

Temporary TMOs

Temporary TMOs are used to restrict or suspend the use of a road as a result of highway or utility works, street cleansing or in situations that are likely to be a danger to the public (e.g. falling debris).

Temporary TMOs last for a maximum period of eighteen months or six months if affecting a public footway. To apply for a Temporary TMO, please go to our highway licence pages.

Special Event TMOs:

Special Event TMOs are usually used to close a road to enable an event such as a street party to take place. To apply for a Special event order, please visit our host an event page where you will find guidance on how to do this.

Pedestrian crossings and road humps notices:

TMOs are not required for pedestrian crossing or road humps but notices are published. Similar procedures apply to road hump notices and a representation / objection period applies.