Miscellaneous advisory and warning signs
The SSI makes several amendments to Schedule 11 advisory signs, and also prescribes additional legends that can be used with the Schedule 2 hazard warning sign, Diagram 562 (exclamation mark).
Distance to a speed limit commencing
The SSI prescribes a series of signs, indicating countdown markers to the commencement of a speed limit. This sign had previously been subject to blanket authorisation throughout Scotland for some time, but was not formally prescribed prior to the amendment. The signs are most commonly used on approach to a town or village, where the speed limit is reducing from the national speed limit applied on rural roads.
The series of three signs feature roundels which show the speed limit of the area being approached, with markers below representing the distance to the commencement of the speed limit. Each marker represents 100 yards, and signs should be placed as a series of three:
300 yards from the commencement of the speed limit
200 yards from the commencement of the speed limit
100 yards from the commencement of the speed limit
The signs should only be used where the speed limit is reducing by at least 20 mph. A green background is used where the signs are placed on a primary route (as shown in Figure 9), and a white background is used where the signs are placed on a non-primary route. The signs are not prescribed for motorways. The distance markers can be reversed, allowing the signs to installed on both sides of the road.
It is noted that these signs are not mandatory, and should only be used at the discretion of the roads authority, at locations where they are considered beneficial.
Additional distance to a parking place
Diagram 2501 in Schedule 11 Part 2 of TSRGD 2016 indicates a distance to the next parking place ahead. The SSI makes an amendment to Schedule 11, allowing two distances to be displayed, as shown in Figure 10.
The two distances are separated by the word “and”.
The purpose of this amendment is to enable road users to make better informed choices about where to stop. It may be considered most useful where the distance between successive parking places is significant.
City boundary sign colour
Diagram 2404 in Schedule 11 Part 2 of TSRGD 2016 permits a representative phrase and image to be included on the sign on entry to the city, town, village or area. It requires the background to be brown (like a tourist sign), as in Figure 11.
The SSI amends the Schedule 11 requirements for this sign, allowing the background to be any colour but red.
Diagram 562 in Schedule 2 Part 2 of TSRGD 2016 is a warning sign of a danger ahead, and features an exclamation mark. A range of legends are prescribed for use on the white plate below.
The SSI prescribes two additional legends that can be used on the plate, as illustrated in Figure 12: