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Apply for a Traffic Regulation Order (TRO)

What is a Traffic Regulation Order (TRO)?

Traffic Regulation Orders (TROs) are legal documents that enable North Hertfordshire District Council to control parking on the public highway.

TROs are required to implement:

  • double yellow lines
  • single yellow lines
  • parking places
  • waiting, loading and unloading bays
  • residential permit scheme
  • verge and footway restrictions 
  • school zig zag markings
  • bus clearways
  • taxi ranks

Before you make a request

Before you apply for a new TRO, you should ensure you have the support of the wider community. This helps us assess whether local people will object to the proposal when it comes to the legal stages.

Objections can mean that requests don't progress, but those with support from the community stand the best chance of progressing.

Take the following actions before progressing your application:

  • contact your local Councillor to discuss your proposal. 
  • contact local residents/businesses in the area affected by your proposed TRO and ask them whether they support the idea. During the online application you will be able to attach a document with the names and addresses of those that support the request. Think about anyone else who would be affected, such as the town, parish, district or borough council, or the local police, and approach them for support. You must have at least 80% of the consulted properties indicating their support (at least one indication per property).
  • consider if your proposal will have a negative impact on other local communities. For example, if car parking is likely to be removed, where would it go, or would HGVs be rerouted to a less suitable route.
  • read the attached Parking Issues Reporting Guide below.

We receive lots of TRO requests every year and only have the resources to carry out a very small number.

TROs are prioritised on:

  • congestion 
  • school access 
  • commuter parking 
  • residents parking 
  • access 

If you wish to request new parking restrictions to stop dangerous parking, you should contact Hertfordshire County Council.

Your request will have a better chance of being progressed if it significantly contributes to at least one of these areas.

Make an application

Complete the online form to request a new Traffic Regulation Order:

What happens next 

All proposals will have an assessment and you will be informed of the outcome.

On receipt of the completed application, the information in the completed application will then be reviewed to determine whether: 

  • the location has already been reported to us. In this case, the new information supplied will be used the supplement the previous request(s). 
  • the location is already in the process of being considered. It may be that parking controls are being considered or already in the process of being promoted, either directly to address the reported issue or that will indirectly address it as part of a wider proposal. 

If this is a new request that will not be addressed by an on-going or impending process, we will verify the information in the application during up to three visits at the times when the issues have been reported to occur. 

If the reported issue is not verified through observations during the visits, or the issue is better addressed by other means e.g. through enforcement action, then the initiator of the request will be advised accordingly.

If the TRO is approved, arrangements are made for the necessary signs and road markings to be provided. A final notice will also be advertised in a local paper stating when the Order will come into effect.

It should be noted that the TRO process is a democratic process. This means that any proposal may be implemented in full, in part or declined due to objections or representations at the formal consultation stage.