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Local authorities can now make greater use of Puffin pedestrian ...
Local authorities can now make greater use of Puffin pedestrian

crossings, Scottish transport minister Malcolm Chisholm announced today.

Signalling a number of simplified rule changes for crossings,

Mr Chisholm said:

'Puffin crossings are particularly user-friendly, because they

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

crossing limit

-- 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.

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