The M62 Motorway (Junctions 10 to 12) and M602 Motorway (Junction 1) (Variable Speed Limits) Regulations 2020

Publication Date:January 01, 2020

2020No. 85

ROAD TRAFFIC SPECIAL ROADS

The M62 Motorway (Junctions 10 to 12) and M602 Motorway (Junction 1) (Variable Speed Limits) Regulations 2020

Made30thJanuary2020

Laid before Parliament3rdFebruary2020

Coming into force24thFebruary2020

The Secretary of State makes the following Regulations in exercise of the powers conferred by section 17(2) and (3) of the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984( 1).

Representative organisations have been consulted in accordance with section 134(2) of that Act.

Citation and commencement

1. These Regulations may be cited as the M62 Motorway (Junctions 10 to 12) and M602 Motorway (Junction 1) (Variable Speed Limits) Regulations 2020 and come into force on 24th February 2020.

Interpretation

2. In these Regulations—

“the 1982 Regulations” means the Motorways Traffic (England and Wales) Regulations 1982( 2);

“the 2016 Regulations and Directions” means the Traffic Signs Regulations and General Directions 2016( 3);

“carriageway”, “hard shoulder”, “motorway” and “verge” have the same meaning as in the 1982 Regulations.

Variable speed limits

3.—(1) No person shall drive a vehicle on a section of a road which is subject to a variable speed limit at a speed exceeding that indicated by a speed limit sign.

(2) A section of a road is subject to a variable speed limit in relation to a vehicle being driven along it if—

(a) the road is specified in the Schedule;

(b) the vehicle has passed a speed limit sign;

(c) the vehicle has not subsequently passed—

(i) another speed limit sign indicating a different speed limit; or

(ii) a traffic sign which indicates that the national speed limit is in force; and

(d) no speed restriction is in force by virtue of—

(i) an order or notice under section 14( 4) of the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984; or

(ii) a traffic sign placed by a traffic officer pursuant to section 7 of the Traffic Management Act 2004( 5).

(3) In relation to a vehicle, the speed limit indicated by a speed limit sign is the speed shown at the time the vehicle passes the sign, or, if higher, the speed limit shown by the sign ten seconds before the vehicle passed the sign.

(4) For the purposes of this regulation a speed limit sign is to be taken as not indicating any speed limit if, ten seconds before the vehicle passed it, the sign had indicated no speed limit or that the national speed limit was in force.

(5) In this regulation—

“national speed limit” has the meaning given by Schedule 1 to the 2016 Regulations and Directions and a traffic sign which indicates that the national speed limit is in force means a traffic sign of the type shown in diagram 671 in Part 2 of Schedule 10 to the 2016 Regulations and Directions which is—

(a) placed on or near a road; and

(b) directed at traffic on the carriageway on which the vehicle is being driven;

“road” includes the adjacent hard shoulder and verge; and

“speed limit sign” in relation to a vehicle, means a traffic sign of the type shown in diagram 670 in Part 2 of Schedule 10 to the 2016 Regulations and Directions which is—

(a) situated on or near any part of a road specified in paragraph 1 of the Schedule; and

(b) directed at traffic on the carriageway on which the vehicle is being driven.

Signed by authority of the Secretary of State for Transport

30th January 2020

Vere

Parliamentary Under Secretary of State

Department for Transport

SCHEDULE

Regulation 3(2)(a)

THE SPECIFIED ROADS

1. The specified roads are—

(a) that length of the eastbound carriageway of the M62 and M602 beginning at junction 11 at a point 30 metres west of the western edge of the easternmost overbridge at Birchwood Interchange and ending at junction 1 of the M602 at a point 235 metres east of the back of the diverge nose at junction 12 between the eastbound carriageway of the M62 and the linking carriageway to the northbound and southbound carriageways of the M60;

(b) that length of the westbound carriageway of the M602 and M62 beginning at junction 1 of the M602 at a point 170 metres west of the back of the diverge nose between the westbound carriageway of the M602 and the linking carriageway to the northbound and southbound carriageways of the M60 and ending at junction 10 at a point 320 metres west of the back of the diverge nose between the westbound carriageway of the M62 and the linking carriageway to the northbound and southbound carriageways of the M6;

(c) the carriageways of the slip roads at junction 11 referred to in paragraph 4; and

(d) the parts of the linking carriageways referred to in paragraph 5.

2. Any reference in this Schedule to—

(a) the letter “M” followed only by a number is a reference to the motorway known by that name; and

(b) a junction followed by a number is a reference to the junction of the M62 of that number save where a contrary intention appears.

3. In this Schedule—

“back”, in relation to a nose, means the shortest side of a nose;

“Birchwood Interchange” means the circulatory interchange at junction 11;

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