Traffic Management Orders

What is a Traffic Management Order?

A Traffic Management Order (TMO) is the statutory legal document used to support enforceable traffic or highway measures. It covers the main types of traffic and parking orders.

TMOs are used to protect people and traffic using the borough's roads and to prevent damage to the roads or to buildings or structures on or near the roads.

There are three types of TMO:

Temporary orders

Temporary orders are made following a requirement to temporarily prohibit, restrict or suspend the use of a road as a result of highway or utility works, street cleansing or situations that are likely to be a danger to the public (eg falling debris). Temporary orders are for a maximum period of eighteen months or six months if affecting a footway that is separate from a main highway.

Permanent orders

Permanent orders give rise to the majority of signs and lines that are placed on streets. Examples of these are:

  • single/double yellow lines
  • parking places
  • prohibited and compulsory turns
  • one-way traffic working 
  • speed limits

Please note, not all on street restrictions require an order, bus stop clearways and box junctions being two examples.

Experimental orders

Experimental orders are used to enable the council to monitor the effect and vary as necessary. The duration of an experimental order lasts no more than eighteen months before they are either: allowed to lapse, amended or made permanent.