Built up area

Built up area

In the UK Highway Code, a built up area is a settled area in which the speed limit of a road is automatically 30 mph. These roads are known as 'restricted roads' and are identified by the presence of street lights.

Legal definition

In August 2006, the Department for Transport issued new guidance relating to speed limits. It states that: [cite paper
author = Department for Transport
title = DfT Circular 01/2006: Setting Local Speed Limits
version =
publisher =
date = 2006-08-08
url = http://www.dft.gov.uk/pgr/roadsafety/speedmanagement/dftcircular106/dftcircular106newguidanceons4799
format = PDF
accessdate = 2007-02-10

"Street lighting" is further defined as follows:

To avoid confusion that could arise if some 30pmh zones were 'street-lit' and some were not, DfT guidance goes onto say:

This leads to the conclusion that:


Most road traffic law pertaining to speed limits is contained in the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984 (RTRA 1984). Other relevant legislation includes the Highways Act 1980, where Sections 90A-F cover road humps and Sections 90G-I cover other traffic-calming works. Part VI of the RTRA 1984 deals specifically with speed limits, with Sections 81-84 dealing with different speed limits and the speed-limit order-making process.

External links

* [http://www.dft.gov.uk/pgr/roadsafety/speedmanagement/dftcircular106/dftcircular106newguidanceons4799 Department for Transport: DfT Circular 01/2006, Setting Local Speed Limits]
* [http://www.highwaycode.gov.uk/09.htm#103 Highway Code Rule 103: Speed limits]

See also

*Speed limit


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