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Government streamlines traffic sign rules

Transport minister Norman Baker has unveiled plans to relax rules around traffic signs, in an effort to clean up Whitehall bureaucracy and save councils’ money.

Under the new measures, councils will not need government permission to put signs in place, as is the case now. The Department for Transport (DfT) will also issue guidance to councils to encourage them to improve their streetscapes by identifying and removing unnecessary traffic signs.

Baker said this was the “most far-reaching review of traffic signs in 40 years”, giving councils more freedom and cutting unnecessary bureaucracy.


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