Traffic Signs Manual
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The Department for Transport's Traffic Signs Manual (known by some as the TSM) is a guide for local authorities and road sign manufactures that helps standardise the design, building and materials of road signs. It is split into 8 chapters, as described below.
The full manual consists of 8 chapters (technically 10 as chapter 8 is split into 3 parts) for clarity, with each chapter describing a different topic from the other.
- Chapter 1 Introduction
- Chapter 2 Directional Informatory Signs on Motorways and All-Purpose Roads (not yet published)
- Chapter 3 Regulatory Signs
- Chapter 4 Warning Signs
- Chapter 5 Road Markings
- Chapter 6 Traffic Signals
- Chapter 7 The Design of Traffic Signs
- Chapter 8 Traffic Safety Measures and Signs for Road Works and Temporary Situations
The original Traffic Signs Manual featured a green hard cover and was designed so that new pages could be inserted and redundant ones removed. The Manual was never completed and sections remained unfulfilled.
This format proved to be unwieldy and was replaced with separate volumes starting in 1977, which also dealt with the issues presented by metricating all dimensions.
The Traffic Signs Manual is formed from eight separate books or chapters. These chapters give guidance on the correct use of signs in accordance with TSRGD and other aspects of law related to the use of signs and the directions that they give to both motorised and non-motorised road users.
Most parts of the Traffic Signs Manual now relate to the current legislation as of 2019.