Consultation on Traffic Regulation Orders

Closed 30 Jul 2021

Opened 4 Jun 2021

Feedback updated 30 Sep 2022

We asked

We asked for your views on draft proposals aimed at improving the regulations surrounding Experimental Orders for all Road Authorities in Scotland.  We also sought your views on the potential need for changing the regulations that govern Redetermination Orders and Loading Bays. 

You said

We received a total of 450 responses to the public consultation.  In relation to ETROs, many individuals, organisations and local authorities are not content with the current system (71%). 

When considering responses to Loading Bays and Redetermination Orders there was clear division in the types of responses received. It is our conclusion that further work is required to assess the demand for legislative change in these areas. 

We did

We have published non-confidential responses to the consultation and an analysis of the consultation responses (link below).  Preparations are now underway for new regulations and the feedback received from this consultation will help shape that process.

The full analysis report can be found at;

Published responses

View submitted responses where consent has been given to publish the response.


The Scottish Government has heard various calls over the last few years from Local Authorities detailing how they think improvements can be made to the regulations which govern how traffic flows on our roads and streets.  Some view the current processes as no longer fit for purpose hence why Transport Scotland was instructed to undertake a review of the Traffic Regulation Order (TRO) procedures to fully understand if change is required.


Why your views matter

This consultation has been designed to look at the emerging top priorities identified by the working group and to gather further information from interested parties to assess where legislative change may be appropriate. A key theme emerged around the procedures for experimental TROs which were generally considered outdated and unhelpful. Other areas that will benefit from further exploration are the use of redetermination orders and TROs covering loading bays.

It is important that the people who understand and use this legislation and the views of the public are put at the heart of this review.  That is why the Scottish Government is seeking your views on draft proposals aimed at improving the procedures for experimental orders for traffic authorities in Scotland.  We also want to hear your views on the need for the processes for  loading bay TROs and redetermination orders so we can assess what happens with them in the future.

This consultation seeks to get additional feedback from those we have not heard from to enable us to start the process of taking forward legislative reform to help build a better Scotland.


What happens next

Following the closing date, all responses will be analysed and considered along with any other available evidence to help us. Responses will be published where we have been given permission to do so. An analysis report will also be made available


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