Traffic management orders

Traffic management orders (TMOs) are legal documents drafted and made by the council, usually under the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984. They regulate the use of highways for movement and parking.

They can be permanent, temporary or emergency orders or special event orders for traffic management during an event.

When we would like to make a change to the traffic order we advertise the proposed change in a local newspaper and by putting notices on street near the location of the proposed change. We also consult with the emergency services and transport associations. Anyone can make a representation to us about the proposals. 

If you would like to view any of H&F’s traffic orders, please make a request for information.  Details of how to do this available on our Freedom of information webpage

Different types of TMOs

Temporary or emergency traffic orders 

Special events orders

Permanent traffic orders 

Contact the traffic orders team

Temporary or emergency traffic orders

Who can apply for a temporary or emergency traffic order?

Utility companies, developers, contractors or any other body requiring a temporary traffic management order can apply but must follow this procedure.

Orders are made under section 14(1) of the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984. In exceptional circumstances we may issue a notice under section 14(2) if there is an urgent need for the restriction to come into force without delay.

What are temporary or emergency traffic orders used for?

Orders or notices may be for matters such as:

  • Road closure
  • Other traffic management measures such as one-way working, banned turns etc
  • Footpath closure.
  • Diversion of vehicular or pedestrian traffic
  • Suspension of restrictions

Emergency traffic order 14(2)

Under the powers of S.14 of the 1984 Act, authorities can introduce temporary restrictions on parking by order to facilitate works on or near a road, cleansing operations, or as a consequence of the likelihood of danger to the public or damage to a highway. These powers allow restrictions to be in place for up to 18 months.

There are also powers to introduce temporary restrictions by notice where these are needed without delay. In this case, there are maximum periods of 5 or 21 days, depending on the reason for the restrictions. We call these Emergency Orders.

How much does it cost?

Fees for 2020/21

  • Temporary traffic order under 14(1) - £2420.00
  • Emergency traffic order under 14(2) - £1448.00

How long do orders last for?

Subject to network management’s approval, restrictions introduced by temporary orders under s14(1) may remain in force for up to 18 months. Those introduced by a notice under s14(2) may vary between 5 days and 21 days depending on the reason for the works being carried out. We will use our discretion as to how long any particular order remains in force according to the circumstances.

How do I apply?

Temporary Traffic Order 14(1)

We require a minimum of six weeks’ notice before a Temporary Traffic Order can come into operation.  This will enable coordination and processing of the application.

Temporary traffic order application form (pdf 176KB)

Please ensure you read the guidance notes attached to the form before applying.

Temporary Traffic Order 14(2)

If you require an emergency order, please email the Traffic orders team at and Network Management at

Temporary traffic orders do not include parking suspensions.  If you need to suspend parking bays, contact parking services at

Special events order 16A

The council can also introduce restrictions by order under S.16A of the 1984 Act in order to facilitate a sporting, social or entertainment event held on a road.

For more information, please see our Street parties and events webpage

Permanent traffic orders

A traffic regulation order (TRO) is a legal document that helps manage traffic flow, speed limits and where you can park.

Permanent orders are introduced after road markings or restrictions have been reviewed or a consultation has been carried out with residents or other stakeholders.

What are permanent traffic orders used for?

  • Waiting restrictions or yellow lines.
  • Stopping prohibitions, for example outside schools, on footways or verges.
  • Loading or unloading prohibitions.
  • On-street parking places for pay and display bays, shared use parking bays, permit holders - which can be for residents, businesses, electric vehicle, car clubs, doctors, market traders, street traders and disabled bays for Blue Badge holders.
  • Loading bays as well as police or ambulance vehicles, taxis and motor-cycles.
  • Off-street parking places (car parks)
  • Moving traffic restrictions such as no entry, one way, bus lane and more.
  • TROs must be supported on the street by lines, markings and signs as prescribed by the Traffic Signs Regulations and General Directions 2016 (TSRGD 2016).

Contact the traffic orders team

London Borough of Hammersmith & Fulham 
Traffic Orders 
Town Hall 
King Street 
W6 9JU

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