Regulatory and warning signs contribute to road safety by assisting highway users to identify safety risks and separating potential conflicts. Clear direction signing can contribute to safety and the local economy by reducing driver confusion and keeping traffic to appropriate routes (tourist signing and temporary signing for events).
Signs provided and funded by us:
- advisory signs - e.g. reduce speed now, village name plates (with safety message), unsuitable for heavy goods vehicles;
- direction signs - to guide and direct traffic;
- information signs - e.g. weight limit ahead, diversion signs;
- regulatory signs - e.g. speed limit, waiting restrictions;
- rights of way signs - e.g. footpath, bridleway, byway; and
- warning signs - e.g. bend, junction, road narrows, ice.
Report a problem
You can report an unlit sign quickly and easily online using our Highways Reporting Tool.
Please use this online report if there is a problem with a lit sign on a public highway.
Signs provided and funded by district or borough councils:
- street name plates - please contact the district or borough council for the location
- car park signs (for car parks owned and managed by district or borough council);
- pedestrian finger post signs (in certain locations)
Subject to approval by us but funded by others:
- housing development signs - funded by developer;
- neighbourhood watch - usually funded by applicant;
- temporary signs advertising local events;
- tourist signs - usually funded by applicant; and
- village signs - usually funded by parish/town council.
Signs which are not on public roads may be subject to planning permission - contact your district or borough council for further advice.
All signs erected on public roads must be approved by us and be in accordance with the Traffic Signs Regulations and General Directions 2002 or specifically authorised by the Department for Transport. More information can be found in the Highway Code.
Mirrors on the road
We cannot authorise or place mirrors on the highway because they are regarded as traffic signs and can cause a safety problem because:
- they can affect drivers' visibility because they reflect headlamps/sunshine;
- they can affect drivers' ability to judge the distance of approaching vehicles because convex mirrors are used to achieve a wide angle for visibility;
- weather conditions could cause visibility problems which could be dangerous to users.
As they do not appear within the Traffic Signs and General Directions 2002, they would require special authorisation from the Department of Transport.This is a lengthy process and permission is unlikely to be given except in exceptional circumstances and only as a temporary measure pending a visibility improvement scheme.
The erection of a mirror on private property is a matter for agreement with the land owner and planning permission may be necessary (please contact your local Borough or District Council planning department). Mirrors erected on the public highway which have not been authorised by the Department for Transport will be treated as an unauthorised sign and may be removed.