Traffic Regulation Orders (TRO's)

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A Traffic Regulation Order (TRO) is a legal order that is needed so that parking restrictions can be enforced. It allows the Highway Authority (Kent County Council) to regulate the speed, movement and parking of vehicles. The act governing Traffic Orders is the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984 and is enforceable by law.

In Kent, moving Traffic Orders are enforced by the police and parking restrictions are enforced by local councils.

We have only been given the legal power, on behalf of Kent County Council, to amend and enforce parking restrictions. We cannot amend, or enforce moving traffic orders which include speed limits, vehicle height limits or vehicle weight limits.

We can only amend parking restrictions after following the statutory periods of advertising and consultation

Stages in the process leading up to amending a TRO for parking restrictions

  • Request received and locations added to waiting list
  • Locations collated into manageable phases
  • Locations visited and where appropriate proposals drawn up based on the reported issues
  • Locations to be included in phases decided at a Joint Transportation Board meeting. Very minor amendments may progress straight to formal consultation.
  • Informal consultation takes place for views on the reported problems and proposals
    • Informal consultation responses, with recommendations for each location, to be reported to the Joint Transportation Board, where the report will be considered. A decision may be made by an individual Cabinet member, or by the full Cabinet at one of their meetings. A decision may be that:
      • amendments are to be made to the proposals already consulted upon. Further consultation may be necessary.
      • some, or all, proposals are to go ahead to formal consultation
      • some, or all, proposals are not to proceed
  • Formal consultation on changes to the Traffic Regulation Order takes place
  • Formal consultation responses, with recommendations for each location, to be reported to the Joint Transportation Board, where the report will be considered. A decision may be made by an individual Cabinet member, or by the full Cabinet at one of their meetings. A decision may be that:
    • Locations are approved
    • Locations are abandoned
  • The Traffic Regulation Order to be signed and sealed by Kent County Council.
  • Lines and signs to be installed. This work is dependent on the weather, site conditions and workloads. Once in place, enforcement can stake place.

Consultations

Consultations take place by:

  • letter to properties immediately fronting proposed changes, parish councils and borough councillors (Informal and Formal)
  • notices in the streets of the proposed changes (Formal)
  • On our website (Formal)
  • notices in the Kent Messenger newspaper (Formal)
  • letters are also sent to public bodies such as the Police and Freight Transport Association (Formal)
  • on deposit at our offices (Formal)

Due to the legal process, comments at any consultation stage must be made in writing, as we must have a record for councillors to refer to, and these comments may become publicly available.

Timescale

It is not possible to provide a timescale as changes to parking restrictions may take years to actually take place, if at all, as:

  • Locations are added to a list for investigation
  • To ensure efficient creation of TROs, and to keep costs down, proposals are 'batched' consisting of numerous proposals, and processed as one project.
  • There may be requests for changes to proposals at the informal consultation stage, which means there is a need for further consultation
  • Consultation responses, both informal and formal, are reported to meetings of the Joint Transportation Board which have a limited amount of meetings per year. A decision may be made by an individual Cabinet member following consideration of a matter by one of the Advisory Boards, or by the full Cabinet at one of their meetings. There are a limited amount of meetings of full Cabinet per year.
  • There must be funding for works
  • Lining and signing works are weather dependent. Until a TRO is in place and signs and lines correctly installed, enforcement cannot take place.