Highway and Traffic Yellow Lines

1] Could you please provide me with the full, end to end internal government process that any Highways and Traffic department of any local government should follow, before yellow lines under a traffic order are implemented anywhere in the United Kingdom ?

This is set out in The Local Authorities’ Traffic Orders (Procedure) (England and Wales) Regulations 1996. This can be viewed online at:


2] One presumes that local government highways department have a process to follow other than deciding themselves where yellow lines are positioned is this correct and what is the documented process?

Decisions regarding Traffic Orders in Devon can be made by Cabinet, the relevant Highways and Traffic Orders Committee (HATOC) or delegated to the Chief Officer for Highways, Infrastructure Development and Waste

3] One also presumes that highways departments have to assess both health and safety, traffic risk and impact assessments of vehicles displaced by yellow lines is this correct and what is the documented process?

Devon County Council employs professionally trained staff to undertake Road Safety Audits and Safety Assessments where required. There is no statutory requirement to undertake such assessments. All works undertaken on the Highway are also subject to the Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2015.

These can be viewed online at:


Yellow lines are primarily implemented as a road safety measure. This is confirmed by Section 1 of the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984 which can be viewed online at:


Officer recommendations and assessments of the likely effects of proposals are presented in Committee Reports. Committee Members are able to discuss any issues arising and to question Officers regarding proposals. Committees will resolve issues in line with the County Council’s Constitution.