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Road Signs and Markings: Rural Areas

Question for Department for Transport

UIN HL15107, tabled on 20 April 2021

To ask Her Majesty's Government whether no longer having to follow EU directives will lead to a change in the number of road signs on minor roads in rural England; and if so, what estimate they have made of the amount of money this will save the Government in a year.

Answered on

27 April 2021

Traffic signing was always a domestic matter and as such, the UK’s exit from the EU and the end of the transition period, has no impact on the provision of traffic signs in the UK.

Signs are placed for specific reasons; to convey warnings, information, requirements, restrictions or prohibitions to road users. Provision of traffic signs is a matter for local traffic authorities. Under the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984, any signs placed on public highways in England must comply with the Traffic Signs Regulations and General Directions 2016, or be specially authorised by the Secretary of State for Transport.