Consultation - Traffic Orders
Traffic Regulation Orders
A Traffic Regulation Order (TRO) is a legal document which makes a restriction on the highway legally enforceable. It allows the Reading Borough Council (as the highway authority), to manage the use of the highway in respect of speed, movement, parking, waiting and pedestrian movement. Every restriction on the highway must have a supporting TRO to be enforceable, and, contrary to popular belief, the Council cannot paint lines where it pleases without first going through the statutory consultation process to create a TRO.
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Trafic Regulation Orders
Traffic Regulation Orders - Permanent
Every restriction on the highway must have a supporting TRO to be enforceable, and, contrary to popular belief, the Council cannot paint lines where it pleases without first going through the statutory consultation process to create a TRO.
The making of a TRO requires a lengthy consultation process, which encompasses the following steps and has to be decided by the Traffic Management Sub Committee (TMSC).
Discussions with ward councilors, and informal consultation will be carried out and requests will be reported to the Traffic Management Sub Committee to gain approval for statutory consultation advertising. An advert will then be placed on street and/or in the local press.
There is a 21 day period where objections to the proposal will be accepted in writing to the Head of Legal Services, Reading Borough Council, Civic Centre,Reading,RG1 7AE. Any objectors should be in writing stating the order they are objecting with a valid reason why they do not agree with the proposal, along with their name and address.
Letters of support and/or objections to a proposal will then be referred to the next TMSC meeting where the elected Councillors who sit on the panel will consider the objections and the Officer recommendation. When considering an objection the Councillors must resolve either to a) allow the scheme to proceed as advertised b) modify the scheme, or c) abandon it, prior to the implementation of the scheme on street and sealing of TRO.
Traffic Regulation Orders - Temporary
Temporary Traffic Regulation Orders (TTROs) may be implemented for short term events on the highway. This may either be street/road works, (eg to enable a utility company to carry out works on their apparatuses in the highway) or public events such as processions.
TTROS are statement of intent from the highway authority to ensure road users are aware of what is happening on the highway, they can not be objected to.
Applying for Temporary Traffic Regulation Orders
Should you wish to apply for a Temporary Traffic Regulation Order or Notice, please click here to visit the Road Works Applications page of this website.
Enforcement of Traffic Orders
Parking and Bus Lanes
Reading Borough Council operates under civil parking enforcement powers, which enables the council to enforce parking and bus lane restrictions. The onus remains with the driver to check signs and lines when parking or moving their vehicle. Any driver failing to comply with the restrictions may receive a Penalty Charge Notice (PCN).
Once a PCN has been issued the council can not intervene in the process. If a person believes they have been incorrectly issued and wants to appeal a PCN then they should follow the procedure as stated on the rear of the PCN.
Only the police have the power to enforce speed limits and movement restrictions (eg No Entry's, banned turns, driving through a pedestrian area). Although the order is made by Reading Borough Council, this will be made in consultation with the emergency services to ensure enforcement can be carried out under police powers.