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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 with input from local communities and the police, to address specific traffic congestion or quality of life issues.

You can use our Traffweb map to see how these regulating orders are applied on our road network. You can:

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

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 introduced.

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.

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.

Parking TROs

All parking restrictions in Devon are consolidated into a single traffic regulation order for the entire county. Changes to this consolidation order are made through amendment orders. These amendment orders can change the legal definitions of the restrictions (the articles) or the location descriptions (the schedules). View an up-to-date PDF of the articles for the latest consolidation order.

View active orders and comment on proposed traffic orders in your area.

Proposed traffic schemes

To request a copy of documents relating to a specific proposed scheme or proposed TRO or to arrange an appointment to view the files containing these documents at County Hall main reception, please use the link to this online form.

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.