Traffic Management Orders (TMO)
- View proposed/made/experimental TMOs
- Different types of TMOs
- TMO procedures
- How to object to a TMO
- Road humps and pedestrian crossing
- TMO application forms
There are three different types of TMOs:
Permanent orders result in most of the signs and lines that are placed on streets. Examples of these are:
- Single/double yellow lines
- Parking spaces
- Banned turns
- Speed limits
Please note, not all on street restrictions require a TMO; box junctions are one example.
Experimental orders are used to allow the council to monitor the effect and change as necessary. An experimental order lasts no more than eighteen months before they are either abandoned, amended or made permanent.
Temporary orders are made following a requirement to temporarily prohibit, restrict or suspend the use of a road as a result of highway/utility works, street cleansing or situations that are likely to be a danger to the public (eg falling debris). Orders are for a maximum period of eighteen months or six months if affecting a footway that is separate from a main highway.
The council can immediately issue a temporary notice to prohibit, restrict or suspend the use of a road following an emergency (eg burst water main).
By law, the council is required to publish notices in a local newspaper which advertise the proposal and effects of TMOs. In some cases the notices are also published in the London Gazette. You can also view proposed / made / experimental TMOs here.
If the council feels extra publicity is needed for a TMO they can choose to put up notices on lamp columns in the street to which any TMO proposal relates.
In the case of permanent and experimental orders the council must consult statutory bodies such as the Police, Ambulance, Fire Brigade, Bus Operators, Road Haulage Association and Freight Transport Association. Also, other groups such as the Cyclist and/or Pedestrian Associations will be contacted if any TMOs affect them.
A temporary order does not require any consultation but the emergency services must be notified of its effect.
How you can object to a proposed TMO is always outlined in the Public Notice and a time period is usually given when letters of objections should be received by. The council are legally obliged to consider every letter that is sent, and must reply.
After the making of a TMO, if the public feel the council have not followed the correct procedures in making the order they can appeal to the High Court within six weeks of the TMO being made.
TMOs are not required for road humps or pedestrian crossings but similar procedures with regards to Public Notices and objections apply.
Temporary Traffic Management Order:
- Temporary Traffic Management Order application form (312KB) - Word version
- Temporary Traffic Management Order application form (110KB) - PDF version
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