Recommended Publications

TMS has recommended a diverse range of useful resources published by associates, institutions and other respected bodies from a variety of subject areas within traffic and road safety.

Within this section, we have recommended a diverse range of useful resources published by associates, institutions and other respected bodies from a variety of subject areas within traffic and road safety.

Some of the publications listed focus specifically on road safety engineering and collision investigation whilst others focus on topics such as temporary traffic management, mobility issues and cycling guidance.

IHT Collision Prevention and Reduction

The IHT first published its Accident Reduction and Prevention guidelines in 1986 with an update in 1990. IHT have continued this tradition of best practice with this Collision Prevention & Reduction (CPR) guideline. The document is a completely new version that provides comprehensive and practical guidelines for policy-makers and practitioners in the field of CPR on our roads.

There have been radical changes in the nature of local government and its delivery of road safety engineering including the increased use of externalised bodies and changes in the funding available for road safety projects. The document has been designed for use by local authorities (at all tiers), consultants and road safety auditors.

To obtain a copy of this publication, please contact the CIHT

EuroRAP: Barriers to Change

Designing Safe Roads for Motorcyclists
Position paper on motorcycles and crash barriers.

This paper is from the international Panel established by EuroRAP to look at safe road design for motorcyclists. The Panel included motoring clubs, motorcycle manufacturers, riders' organisations, practitioners and national and regional road authorities.

The paper shows that motorcycle crashes cost the European economy billions annually and argues that the response is not proportionate to the scale of the problem. It examines crash barriers that routinely save the lives of car occupants but can cause traumatic death to motorcyclists.

To obtain a free copy of this please contact us

Guidance on the use of Tactile Paving Surfaces

Tactile paving surfaces can be used to convey important information to visually impaired pedestrians about their environment, for example, hazard warning, directional guidance, or the presence of an amenity.

This publication provides guidance on the use of a number of different types of tactile surfaces to give warning of potential hazards and for amenity purposes.

Published by DfT

'Guidance on the use of Tactile Paving Surfaces' is a downloadable PDF document. To obtain a copy of this publication please contact the DfT

IHT Road Safety Audit Guidelines 2008

This third edition of the IHT Road Safety Audit Guidelines has been produced following two recent initiatives in road safety and related fields, DMRB HD 19/03 and Manual for Streets (MfS).

The purpose of the Guidelines is to update previous versions with advice, for example, on qualifications for Road Safety Auditors and on legal issues. These Guidelines also seek to advise Local Authorities ways in which they can appropriately resource a Road Safety Audit process relative to their own needs. It also gives advice on how to respond to issues in Manual for Streets, including how to work within a "Quality Audit" process for certain types of schemes covered by MfS.

To obtain a copy of this publication, please contact the CIHT

Inclusive Mobility

A Guide to Best Practice on Access to Pedestrian and Transport Infrastructure
'Inclusive Mobility' is the Department for Transport's guidance on established best practice in the provision of facilities and services for pedestrians and transport related infrastructure.

The guide is intended to help service providers fulfil their statutory obligations under Part III of the Disability Discrimination Act 1995.

To obtain a copy of this publication please contact the DfT

TfL London Cycling Design Standards

A guide to the design of a better cycling environment
This document sets out the principals, guidance and standards for designing to reduce barriers to cycling, in order to support road safety targets and increased levels of cycling in London.

It is aimed not just at designers of cycle route schemes, but at all designers of infrastructure that cyclists will use or that will affect cyclists.

To download a copy of this document please refer to the TfL website for more details.

Manual for Streets

Manual for Streets (MfS) replaces Design Bulletin 32, first published in 1977, and its companion guide Places, Streets and Movement. In the past, the focus has been on the movement function of residential streets, which often resulted in places being dominated by motor vehicles to the extent that they fail to make a positive contribution to the quality of life.

MfS demonstrates the benefits that flow from good design and assigns a higher priority to pedestrians and cyclists, setting out an approach to residential streets that recognises their role in creating places that work for all members of the community. MfS refocuses on the place function of residential streets, giving clear guidance on how to achieve well-designed streets and spaces that serve the community in a range of ways.

To obtain a copy of Manual for Streets, please contact Thomas Telford for further details.

Manual for Streets 2 Research

High Risk Collision Sites and Y Distance Visibility
TMS has now published the research they carried out for Manual for Streets 2.

The pdf document, entitled "Research for MfS2: High Risk Collision Sites and Y Distance Visibility", is available from September 2010 for free download. The publication of the research coincides with the launch of the MfS2 document in London.

Download a copy of the Manual for Streets 2 research document

If you would like to obtain a copy of the recently published Manual for Streets 2 - Wider Application of the Principles, then please contact the CIHT

Manual for Streets 2 - Wider Application of the Principles

'Manual for Streets 2 - Wider Application of the Principles' is the result of collaborative working between the Department for Transport and the transportation industry.

It is an excellent demonstration of what can be achieved when Government works in partnership with professional industry representatives. The aim of the document is to extend the advantages of good design to streets and roads outside residential areas and to provide an environment that improves the quality of life.

To obtain a copy of this publication, please contact the CIHT for further details.

An Introduction to the Use of Portable Vehicular Signals

'An Introduction to the Use of Portable Vehicular Signals' (second edition) is a complete update of the first edition, published in 1986, reflecting all of the changes in guidelines related to the use of vehicle actuated traffic signals.

This publication explains the objectives behind, the workings of, and details regarding the efficient use of vehicle actuated traffic signs.

All organisations using vehicle actuated traffic signals must comply with the guidelines laid out within this text.

To obtain a copy of this publication please contact TSO


A Road Safety Good Practice Guide - 2nd Edition

This is the second publication in the DTLR's good practice advice series on local transport. This guide shares good practice, to help achieve the targets set out in DTLR's road safety strategy Tomorrows Roads Safer for Everyone (DTLR, 2000b).

This guide has been developed primarily as a reference for local authority staff with an interest in road safety engineering and associated issues. However, it is hoped that it will interest a wider audience, including the police, the Highways Agency, local health authorities, local communities, businesses, and transport interest groups.

It is intended to be a living document, which will be updated over time as knowledge and experience develop. Consequently other existing and new examples of good practice will be sought.

To obtain a copy of this document please contact the DfT

RoSPA Road Safety Engineering Manual

Around 270,000 people are killed or injured in road traffic collisions on Britain's road network each year.

This manual describes ways in which road collision casualties can be reduced through the use of road safety engineering measures. The purpose of this manual is to describe the road safety engineering process in detail. It is intended both as a guide to staff working in the road safety engineering field and as a reference book for others who have interest in this area.

The RoSPA Manual is also a fundamental resource within the two week Road Safety Engineering course. All delegates are given a copy of this at the beginning of the course.  

Safety at Street Works and Road Works - A Code of Practice

This publication sets out the statutory requirements for signing, lighting, and guarding excavations and other street works. This is the core reference manual for utility companies, local authorities, street work contractors and others whose day-to-day business involves street work.

The Department of Transport has written this book in order to outline the principles of carrying out street work safely. It is written in co-operation with the Scottish Executive and the National Assembly for Wales.

To obtain a copy please contact TSO

Towards the year 2010: monitoring casualties in Greater London

This report, which was published in August 2010, presents an analysis of progress towards the current road casualty reduction targets in London, using data up to the end of the year 2009.

This report presents monitoring charts and tables for the current casualty target groups and some additional important casualty categories; for London as a whole and for individual London Boroughs.

To download a copy of the latest version of this document please contact TfL

Traffic Advisory Leaflets

The DfT provide Traffic Advisory Leaflets free of charge.

Traffic Advisory Leaflets (TAL) are issued at varying stages throughout the year and are published accordingly. Some recent subject areas include:

  • SCOOT - UTC Systems
  • Compact MOVA
  • Wig-wag Signals
  • Use of bus lanes by motorcycles
  • Fire and Ambulance service traffic calming

To access the Traffic Advisory Leaflets published since 1989, please refer to the DfT website

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