Traffic Management Orders

What is a Traffic Management Order?

A Traffic Management Orders (TMO) is the statutory legal document made by the council under the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984.  A TMO is used to provide the legal backing for the enforcement of road, traffic or parking schemes.

There are four types of TMO:

Permanent orders

Most of the signs and lines that are on our streets are governed by Permanent Orders 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 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.

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 (e.g. 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.

Special event orders

These are usually for a road closure to enable an event such as a street party to take place. To apply for a Special event order , please go to the event pages.

Pedestrian crossings and road humps notices

Although TMOs are not required public notices are published.  Similar procedures apply to road hump notices and a representation / objection period applies.