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RTAA was formed in 1991 and has been helping local authorities ever since in all aspects of their parking operations. We now have many years specialist experience of parking, traffic management, IT systems, contracts, GIS, surveying and more. Read our Profile. Dip into our case studies. Or contact us for more information.


RTAA TRO and MTO appropriateness checks and reviews

DfT, WAG and SG guidance for the implementation of DPE and CPE requires Councils to demonstrate that they have carried out a review of their Traffic Orders. TROs can quickly become out of date rendering any tickets issued unenforceable wasting your time and money. This in itself is a daunting task, yet authorities have previously under-resourced this aspect of the work and have suffered as a result of delays in their implementation timetable.

Indeed, this is often an ideal time to check the enforceability of TROs that may have been written over 50 years ago, and will have been modified many times since. Some authorities were surprised to discover that a majority of their orders were unenforceable. Authorities implementing DPE and CPE will need to demonstrate that their enforcement operation is fair, accurate and competent. This is probably the single most time consuming job to get right and keep right. Periodic appropriateness checks of TROs and MTOs are vital to ensure they remain an effective traffic management tool.

RTAA has the experience of carrying out TRO and MTO reviews and periodic appropriateness checks for over 90 local authorities. We are therefore in an excellent position to advise and assist you. We pride ourselves in having the most thorough process for checking the accuracy of TROs and MTOs, consolidating them and presenting them ready for enforcement.

Our TRO and MTO review would typically include:

  • Complete street-by-street survey of every restriction currently on the ground
  • Record of the condition of every sign and every line to determine a remedial work list.
  • Checks of validity against TSRGD 2002
  • Complete analysis of all TRO and MTO revocations to create an accurate set of orders currently legally valid
  • Comparison between the survey and the TRO and MTO record to highlight all discrepancies
  • Advice on the way to deal with such discrepancies
  • Mapping of an agreed new set of TROs and MTOs ready for enforcement, using the Council’s corporate GIS system and avoiding the costs of bespoke software
  • Preparation of the new TRO and MTO schedules, texted and / or mapped, written preambles and legal notices for on and off street orders
  • Advice and assistance to implement a thorough process for ongoing TRO and MTO management post implementation.

Many Councils review TROs and MTOs simultaneously given how essential they are to prepare for further powers available under the 2004 Traffic Management Act. This can also include a full highway asset management survey and rewriting of orders. RTAA are able to undertake a full highway asset survey in conjunction with the work required for DPE and CPE