The Traffic Signs Regulations and General Directions (TSRGD) 2002

  • Published: Department for Transport, 2002
  • Authors: Department for Transport
  • Date Added: 07 Feb 2013
  • Last Update: 20 Mar 2013
  • Format: pdf


The TSRGD 2002 prescribes the designs and conditions of use for traffic signs to be lawfully placed on or near roads in England, Scotland and Wales.


Collation of regulations and legislation for the design, siting and enforcement of traffic signs.

Key Findings:

  • Traffic signs are essential for the implementation of traffic management schemes and for the enforcement of road traffic law.

  • For 30 mph lit roads, no repeaters are permitted. On lit roads subject to any other speed limit (other than 20 mph limit zones), repeaters must be used.

  • A road with regular street lighting has a default speed limit of 30 mph unless signs indicate otherwise. The entry to a 30 mph zone must be marked with a “30” sign on both sides of the road. Where there is no street lighting, the default speed limit is 60 mph for single-carriageway and 70 mph for dual carriageway roads. This is referred to the National Speed Limit (NSL).

  • Entry to NSL zones are marked with a sign with a diagonal black stripe on a white background.


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