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A Home Zone is a form of traffic calming, similar to a Quiet Lane, but designed for use in urban areas. Both are governed by the Quiet Lanes and Home Zones (England) Regulations 2006. This legislation allows highways authorities to designating, varying and revoking roads as Quiet Lanes or as Home Zones in England.
They also enable local traffic authorities to make use orders and speed orders, and specify procedures for making, varying and revoking them. The objectives of Home Zones and Quiet Lanes are for improving and maintaining the quality of life for local residents, which take precedence over general objectives to ease traffic movements. Roads in a Quiet Lane network or in a Home Zone are places where prescribed local activities may be carried out as well as being public thoroughfares. The speed of vehicles must be low enough to permit such activities to be enjoyed safely by people of all ages and abilities.