Traffic Management Act 2004

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The Traffic Management Act 2004[1]
Long title An Act to make provision for and in connection with the designation of traffic officers and their duties; to make provision in relation to the management of road networks; to make new provision for regulating the carrying out of works and other activities in the street; to amend Part 3 of the New Roads and Street Works Act 1991 and Parts 9 and 14 of the Highways Act 1980; to make new provision in relation to the civil enforcement of traffic contraventions; to amend section 55 of the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984; and for connected purposes.
Citation 2004 c 18
Territorial extent England and Wales[2]
Royal assent 22 July 2004
Text of statute as originally enacted
Revised text of statute as amended

The Traffic Management Act 2004 (c 18) is an Act of the Parliament of the United Kingdom. It details the street works regulations. The Act has been implemented from 1 April 2008 across the United Kingdom.

All the parties interested in occupying streets/highways need to follow the specified guidelines. The main highlights are as follows:

  • Effective communication between highway authorities and parties interested in carrying out street work
  • Powers given to highway authorities to impose fixed charges in case of any failure to follow the guidelines
  • Disciplined approach and advance communication to plan the street works
  • Introduction of web services for communication
  • Introduction of Level 3 NSG data
  • Explicit provision of cancelling/correcting or reverting the work status.

The second wave of the Traffic Management Act 2004 aims to implement permit regulation. As part of this regulation work undertakers have to apply for a permit to work on a street. Undertaker have to discuss and agree the restriction on work timing, apparatus etc. with highway authorities. The highway authorities should approve/reject the application after verifying the permit conditions.

Section 99 - Commencement, transitionals and savings[edit]

The following orders have been made under this section:


  1. ^ The citation of this Act by this short title is authorised by section 100(1) of this Act.
  2. ^ The Traffic Management Act 2004, section 100(2)

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