A Traffic Regulation Order (TRO) is the statutory legal document necessary to support any enforceable or highway measure. It allows the Highways Authority to regulate the speed, movement and parking of vehicles and regulate pedestrian movement, which are enforceable either by Monmouthshire County Council Civil Enforcement Officers or by the police.

Proposed Traffic Regulation orders.

UK law requires that TROs be in place to enable the police or, in the case of yellow lines, the council, to enforce these restrictions.

The making of a TRO is a lengthy process and can take several months to complete. Details about each of the steps involved in the TRO process can be found below.


Following the confirmation of the proposed TRO, a public consultation must be undertaken. During the consultation the authority will obtain the views of the Emergency Services, Public Transport Associations, Local Ward Members, local public transport operators and any members of the public who wish to submit a representation. The public consultation takes place over a 21 day period.

Where a proposal involves highway modification or a significant impact to road users Local interest groups such as residents, traders and community groups, who are likely to be affected by the proposals, may also be consulted where appropriate.

Details of the consultation will be advertised and includes a notice in the local press. They will also be uploaded online here. We will endeavour to display public notices in any roads, where changes may take place, and deemed appropriate.

Cabinet Decision

Following the consultation, all representations are considered and Officers will make recommendations to:-

(a) allow the scheme to proceed as advertised,
(b) modify the scheme, or
(c) not progress it.

These recommendations are then considered by a Cabinet Member and a final decision is made in the form of an Officer Decision Report.

Making the Order

The TRO can then be formally sealed providing all standing representations have been considered. Modifications to the proposals resulting from representations could require extended consultation.

The Order will be advertised in the local press again and people who have made representations to the scheme will receive notification that the Order has been made from Legal Services, with responses to their representations. From the date specified in the advertisement the Order will then become enforceable.

Subject to Schedule 9 Part VI of the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984, any person wishing to question the validity of the Order or any of the provisions in it on the grounds that the Order is not within the relevant powers or that any of the relevant requirements or regulations made hereunder have not been complied with in relation to the Order, may within six weeks from the date on which the Order is made, make an application for that purpose to the High Court.