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Defunct Traffic Signs

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Defunct Traffic Signs are those which are no longer prescribed by the TSRGD and therefore should no longer be erected on the public highway.

A sign can be withdrawn from the prescribed drawings list for several reasons;

  • The sign no longer reflects a possible situation
  • The sign is unclear and confusing for road users
  • The sign has been replaced by a new design

Signs that are withdrawn from the TSRGD are often granted savings which enable highway authorities adequate time to prepare for their removal. Some signs are given a specific removal date, whereas others are granted a saving until they are life expired and replacement is necessary.

Unlike other non-prescribed signs which can be permitted through a direct authorisation from the Department of Transport, a sign that appears within this list has been removed from the Regulations and is no longer allowed to be used as a new sign under any circumstances.

Timeline of major changes to prescribed signs

Not all of the expiration of savings have been adhered to, indeed, a number of non-prescribed legacy signs still remain throughout the UK.

  • 1957 - First edition of TSRGD published
  • 1962 - Anderson report published
  • 1964 - Worboys report published
  • 1965 - TSRGD revised, combining findings from both the Anderson and Worboys reports to provide a modern system of traffic signs
  • 1967 - End of saving for Pre-Worboys warning and regulatory signs
  • 1975 - TSRGD revised with artwork updated on a number of signs
  • 1981 - Metrication of units, legend tons replaced by legend tonnes on all weight signs
  • 1987 - Guildford rules experiments commence
  • 1994 - TSRGD revised to allow Guildford rules, and to introduce a simpler form of waiting and loading controls. Advance direction signs on motorways showing route number only withdrawn.
  • 1999 - Broken yellow no waiting line and three bar no loading marks withdrawn
  • 2002 - TSRGD revised, orange disabled badge symbol and No waiting at any time sign withdrawn
  • 2005 - End of saving for Pre-Worboys direction signs
  • 2011 - Signing the Way published, emphasis placed on de-cluttering and announcement of future revisions to TSRGD
  • 2011 - Nationwide sign authorisations issued
  • 2012 - Amendment TSRGD published, weight limit signs amended to show tonnes with correct abbreviation
  • 2014 - End of saving for blue-bordered local direction signs
  • 2016 - Revised TSRGD published, in new format.

Signs introduced in 1964 which are now defunct

Junctions

Signs related to junctions between roads.

Change in road layout

Signs warning of a change of conditions requiring driver action.

Waiting and Loading restrictions

Signs regulating waiting and loading along the highway.

Regulatory Signs

Signs giving orders.

Informatory Signs

Information for drivers.

Direction Signs

Information at junctions.

Signs introduced in 1975 which are now defunct

Change in road layout

Signs warning of a change of conditions requiring driver action.

Regulatory Signs

Signs giving orders.

Advance Direction Signs

Information at junctions.

Signs introduced in 1981 which are now defunct

Change in road layout

Signs warning of a change of conditions requiring driver action.

Regulatory Signs

Signs giving orders.

NOTE: This list only covers signs issued since the Worboys report. This is because the pre-worboys signs are so great in number that it would be extremely difficult to catalogue them all. However, a list of signs issued under the TSRGD 1957 which have been longer prescribed (between 2005-2010) are available on the Department for Transport's website here.

The drawings are illustrative only and are not always to scale.




Defunct Traffic Signs
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