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The Traffic Signs (Welsh and English Language Provisions) Regulations and General Directions 1985


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1985 713

Road Traffic

The Traffic Signs (Welsh and English Language Provisions)
Regulations and General Directions 1985

Made 28th March 1985
Laid before Parliament 21st May 1985
Coming into Operation 11th June 1985


The Secretary of State for Wales, in exercise of the powers conferred by section 28(4) of the Road Traffic Regulation Act, 1984[1] (hereinafter referred to as "the Act of 1984") and the Secretary of State for Wales, the Secretary of State for Transport, and the Secretary of State for Scotland acting jointly in exercise of the powers conferred by sections 64(1) and 65(1) of the Act of 1984 and by the provision in column 5 of Part I of Schedule 4 to the Road Traffic Act, 1972[2] which relates to section 22 of that Act as that provision is amended by paragraph 9 of Schedule 3 to the Secretary of State for Transport Order 1976)[3] and in exercise of the powers conferred by section 2(2) and (3) of the Welsh Language Act, 1967[4] and now vested[5] and all other enabling powers, and after consultation with representative organisations in accordance with section 134(2) of the Act of 1984 and section 199(2) of the Road Traffic Act 1972 hereby make these regulations and give these Directions.

Part I−Traffic Signs Regulations

1. These provisions may be cited as the Traffic Signs (Welsh and English Language Provisions) Regulations 1985 and shall come into operation on 11th June 1985.
2.—(1) In these Regulations "the main regulations" means the Traffic Signs Regulations 1981[6] as amended [7] and a reference in Schedule 1 to these Regulations and Directions is similarly a reference to the Traffic Signs Regulations 1981 amended as aforesaid
(2) References in these Regulations to a numbered Regulation or numbered Schedule shall be construed, unless the context otherwise requires as a reference to the Regulation bearing that number in these Regulations or to the Schedule bearing that number in these Regulations and Directions.
(3) References in these regulations to a sign shown in a diagram in Schedule 1 shall include references to a variant of the sign which is specified in Schedule 1 as being a permitted variant.
(4) References in Schedule 1 to a sign without the "W" before a diagram number are references to the sign bearing the same diagram number in Parts I and II of Schedule I to the Main Regulations and references in Schedule 1 to a sign with the prefix "W" before a diagram number are references to the sign bearing the same diagram number which is prescribed for use in Wales by Regulation 4(1).
(5) Nothing in these Regulations shall have the effect so as to authorise any person not otherwise authorised to so so to place on or near a road any object or device for warning traffic of a temporary obstruction.
3. Nothing in these Regulations shall be taken to limit the power of the Secretary of State under Section 64 of the Act of 1984 to authorise the erection or retention of traffic signs of a character not prescribed by these Regulations.
4.—(1) A sign shown in a diagram in Schedule 1 with the prefix "W" followed by a diagram number may be used in Wales in place of a sign bearing the same diagram number without the prefix "W" in place of a sign bearing the same diagram number without the prefix "W" in Parts I or II of Schedule 1 to the Main Regulations.
(2) In the signs shown in the diagrams W605.1 and W629.1 and other then the signs therein which specifically prescribe the manner in which the two texts are to be displayed either the Welsh or English text shall be placed above the other text.
5.—(1) Subject to the provisions of this Regulation, the provisions of the Main Regulations shall apply to a sign shown in a diagram in Schedule 1 with the prefix "W" followed by a diagram number as if it were a sign bearing the same diagram number without the prefix "W" in Schedule 1 to the Main Regulations, Provided that:—
(a) except as provided in paragraph(2) of this regulation, references in sub-paragraphs (c),(d) and (e) of Regulation 12(1) of the Main Regulations to the signs specified in those sub-paragraphs showing distances in miles or in yards shall be construed as references to such signs in Schedule 1 showing distances in both the Welsh and English texts;
(b) References in subparagraph (g) of Regulation 12(1) of the Main Regulations to signs showing a period of time, day of week, days of month or months of year shall be construed as references to such signs in Schedule 1 indicating these matters in both the Welsh and English texts;
(c) where, in accordance with the provision of Regulation 12(1) of the Main Regulations, the indication given by a sign shown in a diagram in Schedule 1 is varied, the variation shall be made to both the Welsh and English texts of the sign; and
(d) Regulation 28(1) of the Main Regulations shall not apply to the sign shown in diagrem 562 of Schedule 1 to the Main Regulations when used as directed in provisio (a) to Direction 3 in part II of this Instrument in combination with any of the signs shown in diagrams W552, W554, W554.1 in Schedule 1.
(2) A Reference in Regulation 12(1)(c) of the Main Regulations to the sign shown in diagram 565.4 of Schedule 1 to the Main Regulations expressing distances in miles shall be construed as a reference to the signs showing distances by means of the letter "m" in diagram W565.4 in Schedule 1 and a simmilar reference in Regulation 12(1)(e) of the Main Regulation to the signs shown in diagrams 557.2 and 557.3 expressing distances in miles or yards shall be construed as references to the signs showing distances by means of the letters "m" or "yds" in diagrams W557.2 and W557.3 in Schedule 1.
(3) The provisions of Regulation 14 of and Schedule 7 to the Main Regulations shall apply as if that part of Schedule 7 specified in Column 1 of the following Table there were inserted the characters shown in that Part of Schedule 2 to these Regulations specifeid in Column 2 of the said Table opposite the Part in Column 1 to which it relates.

Table

Column 1
Part of Schedule 7 to
Main Regulations
Column2
Part of Schedule 2 to these Regulations to be inserted
Part I Part A
Part II Part B
Part IV Part C
Part V Part D
Part VI Part E
Part VIII Part F
A reference in any enactment to a traffic sign shown in a numbered diagram in the Main Regulations shall be construed as including a reference to a sign bearing the same diagram number with the prefix "W" in Schedule 1.

  1. 1984. c 27
  2. 1972 c. 20
  3. S.I. 1976/1775
  4. 1967 c. 66
  5. S.I. 1981/238 (as respects the powers of the Secretary of State Transport under the Road Traffic Act 1972
  6. The Traffic Signs Regulations 1981 comprise Part 1 of the Traffic Signs and General Directions 1981 (S.I. 1981/859)
  7. The amendments are made by S.I.1982/1879, S.I 1983/1088 and S.I. 1984/966.

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