This page provides references to other Transport Scotland guidance and advice, which is relevant to traffic signs and road markings in Scotland.
Background colour of directional signs
In accordance with Traffic Signs Regulations and General Directions, directional signs with a green background are to be used on the all-purpose Primary Route network, and those with a white background on all other non-motorway routes.
Responses to the Local Government Reform (Shaping the Trunk Road Network) consultation in 1995, suggested that green signs should be retained exclusively for the trunk road network. A letter was issued in May 2019 to all Scottish local authorities to clarify the position regarding the background colour of directional signs on the Scottish road network. The letter confirmed that directional signs with a green background should be used exclusively on routes forming part of the trunk road network. Directional signs with a white background should be used on all other all-purpose routes.
This approach does not require immediate replacement of signs, and should be applied where signs are being replaced or new signs installed.
Guidance on the use of Bilingual (Gaelic – English) traffic signs in Scotland
Supplementary guidance (to be read with Traffic Signs Manual chapter 7 section 15) relating to the design of bilingual traffic signs, addressing sign face layout and the destinations to be signed.
The guidance is specific to the trunk road network, and local authorities can determine their own policies for the use of Gaelic destinations on signs on their local roads as appropriate.
Trunk road and motorway tourist Signposting Guidance
This document provides guidance primarily to Scottish tourism businesses on Transport Scotland’s responsibilities for brown tourist signs on Scotland’s strategic roads. The guidance is intended to help applicants to know if their business will be eligible for brown signs and to understand the process of applying to have signs erected.
The guidance is specific to the trunk road and motorway network.
Wildlife Signage - Position Statement
This paper is intended to inform managers, designers and stakeholders with an interest in the use of warning signs as a means of reducing the occurrences of wildlife casualties on Scotland’s roads. It sets out the rationale behind the adopted position of Transport Scotland in determining what signs are appropriate for installation with regard to wildlife.
Transport Scotland’s position on this matter makes reference to non-prescribed sign applications, and what might be deemed acceptable in appropriate circumstances. The information is therefore relevant to all public roads.