Traffic Management Act 2004: overview

The Traffic Management Act gives councils powers and responsibilities to make traffic move more freely.

These documents provide guidance to local councils about the Traffic Management Act 2004 (TMA). This act was introduced to tackle congestion and disruption on the road network. The TMA places a duty on local authorities to make sure traffic moves freely and quickly on their roads and the roads of nearby authorities. The TMA gives councils more tools to manage parking policies, coordinate street works and enforce some moving traffic offences.


An overview of the Traffic Management Act 2004 with links to the act.

  1. Traffic Management Act 2004: summary

    • Guidance

TMA part 3 permit schemes

Documents relating to Traffic Management Act (TMA) part 3 permit schemes. Also see the information about street works for local authorities and statutory undertakers carrying out work on or under the street.

  1. Street works permit schemes: implementing 2015 regulatory changes

    • Guidance
  2. Traffic Management Act 2004 additional guidance for new permit schemes

    • Guidance
  3. Traffic Management Act 2004 permit schemes decision making and development (2nd edition)

    • Guidance
  4. Traffic Management Act 2004 permit fee guidance

    • Guidance
  5. Traffic Management Act 2004 code of practice for permits

    • Guidance
  6. Traffic Management Act 2004 statutory guidance for permits

    • Guidance

TMA part 6 parking controls

Guidance relating to Traffic Management Act (TMA) part 6 parking controls.

  1. List of certifications granted for 'approved devices'

    • Guidance
  2. Local authorities operating civil parking enforcement in England

    • Guidance
  3. Civil enforcement of parking contraventions

    • Statutory guidance
  4. Operational guidance to local authorities: parking policy and enforcement

    • Guidance
  5. Moving traffic enforcement: local authorities

    • FOI release