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Traffic regulation orders

Traffic regulation orders (TROs) are legal agreements which allow us or the police to enforce regulations including speed limits, on-street parking and one-way streets. Most TROs are created in consultation with our local communities and the police, to address specific traffic congestion or quality of life issues.

Our interactive online Traffweb map allows you to search by road or place name and it allows you to:

  • view parking restrictions and the days and times they apply
  • find permit bays, pay and display and other parking spaces
  • find loading bays
  • find bus stops and taxi ranks
  • view collision data

View active traffic orders in your area. Further details on proposed schemes can be found using the links below.

Parking TROs

Periodically any recent parking orders for new restrictions or changes to existing restrictions across Devon are consolidated into a single traffic regulation order for the entire county (original 2020 order). Changes to this consolidation order are made by amendment orders, and these orders may be used to change the legal definitions of the restrictions (the articles) or the location descriptions (the schedules).  PDF of the up-to-date articles for the latest consolidation order.

How TROs are created

There is a statutory procedure for creating a TRO for permanent changes to restrictions.

  1. Design and consultation – we create a proposed design for the TRO and then consult on this with local councillors and parish councils, the emergency services and sometimes other institutions such as The Freight Transport Association, The Road Haulage Association and local public transport operators. Local residents, traders and community groups who are likely to be affected are consulted where appropriate. Following consultation, the proposal may be amended.
  2. Advertising the TRO – we will usually display a notice in the local paper and put signs in affected roads. We may also deliver notices to premises likely to be affected. For at least 21 days from the start of the notice the proposal can be viewed online and at a nominated council office. Objections and comments must be made online or by writing to the address in the notice. Objections and contentious issues are considered by local councillors who decide whether to allow the scheme to proceed as advertised, modify the scheme or abandon it.
  3. Making the Order – the TRO is formally made and restrictions are introduced. Responses are sent to those that commented during the consultation period.

This process can take many months and be very costly. This means that schemes which need a TRO are usually planned and included in the annual Capital Programme.

If you believe that restrictions in your area are needed or should be reviewed you need to make that known to your local county councillor in writing in the first instance. If they support your suggestion they will bring it to our attention for possible inclusion in any planned TRO’s in the area. You can find out who your local County Councillor is by using our map search tool.

Experimental traffic orders

Experimental orders can be used in situations that need monitoring and reviewing. They usually last no more than eighteen months before they are abandoned, amended or made permanent.

Proposed traffic schemes

Temporary traffic orders

Temporary orders may be used when works affecting the highway need short-term traffic restrictions. We can authorise a temporary order to allow road works to take place, or to ensure safety at a sporting or social event. The police can close roads for public safety reasons.

Privacy Notice

Further information on how we process your personal data from our traffic consultations can be found online in the privacy notice for traffic regulation orders.