crossings, Scottish transport minister Malcolm Chisholm announced today.
Signalling a number of simplified rule changes for crossings,
Mr Chisholm said:
have pedestrian detectors which can extend the time allowed for
crossing. This ensures that elderly or infirm pedestrians have the extra time they need to cross the road. Sensors which detect pedestrians waiting to cross can minimise unnecessary delays to traffic by cancelling the demand if the pedestrians cross early.
'Today's rule changes will allow local authorities to install
Puffins without government approval, as well as simplifying
requirements for Zebra and Pelican crossings.
'I hope these more streamlined procedures will help local
authorities continue their efforts to improve pedestrian safety.'
The new regulations, which were made jointly by the
department of environment, transport and the regions, The Scottish
Office and the Welsh Office will come into force on 15 December.
They will allow local authorities to:
-- install Puffin crossings without reference to the secretary of
state for Scotland
-- increase the width of a Zebra crossing without reference to the
secretary of state
-- provide extra traffic signs within a controlled crossing area
-- allow greater width between the Give Way line and the Zebra
-- ensure every crossing has zones on both sides where overtaking
and parking are prohibited
1.The regulations for all three types of crossings will now be
combined. The Zebra, Pelican and Puffin Pedestrian Crossings
Regulations and General Directions 1997 replace the 'Zebra'
Pedestrian Crossings Regulations 1971, the 'Zebra' Pedestrian
Crossings (Amendment) Regulations 1990 and the 'Pelican'
Pedestrian Crossings Regulations and General Directions 1987. At the
same time they provide for Puffin crossings which previously required
individual approval by the Secretary of State.
2.The new regulations were the subject of a public consultation
exercise in which respondents welcomed the idea of combining the
three types of crossing in one simplified set of regulations. Many of the comments received during the consultation have been incorporated in the regulations.
3.Puffins differ from Pelican crossings in that they do not have a
flashing amber signal for vehicles. The standard traffic signal sequence is used and they have a detector to allow extra crossing time if necessary.