This note is not part of the regulations, but is intended to indicate their general effect.
These regulations, which come into force on the 28th day after the date of their notification in the Gazette, amend the Traffic Regulations 1976.
Regulation 2 inserts definitions of the terms omnibus and reflective material.
Regulation 3 updates a reference in regulation 11 of the principal regulations to railways legislation.
Regulation 4 amends regulation 18 of the principal regulations to provide—
“T” signals for omnibuses and light rail vehicles:
•yellow, red, and green bicycle signals.
Regulation 5 amends regulation 37 of the principal regulations to prohibit the use of reflective materials on vehicles when such use causes confusion as to the vehicle's orientation.
Regulation 6 replaces regulations 43 and 44 of the principal regulations, and sets out new lighting and reflector requirements for all cycles. The main changes are—
•all bicycles, irrespective of their date of manufacture, must comply with the requirements set out in new regulation 43:
•during the hours of darkness, a front lamp displaying a white or amber steady beam of light must be used:
•an additional front lamp displaying a white or amber flashing light may be used also:
•during the hours of darkness, a rear lamp displaying either a red flashing light or a red steady beam of light must be used:
•a red rear reflector must be used:
•yellow pedal reflectors or reflective straps attached to the rider's legs must be used.
Regulation 7 corrects a drafting error in regulation 48B of the principal regulations.
Regulation 8 requires pedestrian crossings to have amber globes or Belisha beacon disks, and they are to be phased in over a 5-year period.
Regulation 9 amends regulation 115 of the principal regulations and relates to traffic signals. The amendment allows—
Regulation 10 revokes regulation 116A of the principal regulations, which relates to light rail vehicle signals.
Regulation 11 amends regulation 117 of the principal regulations and specifies the sequence for bicycle symbols. A red symbol must be followed by a green symbol and a green symbol must be followed by a yellow symbol.
Regulation 12 replaces regulation 118 of the principal regulations and relates to pedestrian-traffic signals. The new regulation requires the use of signals in the form of human standing figures and phases out the use of
“CROSS” signals over a 5-year period.
Regulation 13 specifies the dimensions of
“B” signals and of bicycle signals.
Regulation 14 provides for the use of advance warning signals.
Regulation 15 amends Schedule 4 of the principal regulations by providing descriptions of new traffic signs.