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Parliamentary debates and questions

S5W-17275: Alex Cole-Hamilton (Edinburgh Western)

Scottish Liberal Democrats

Date lodged: 15 June 2018

To ask the Scottish Government, further to the answer to question S5W-14041 by Humza Yousaf on 6 February 2018, what progress has been made by Transport Scotland on the review of (a) traffic sign and general signage policy and (b) Fairtrade accreditation signs.

Answered by: Humza Yousaf 26 June 2018

The review of traffic sign and general signage policy is currently on-going. The current focus is on reviewing and revising the list of primary destinations in Scotland to align them with the current Trunk Road network and developing the scope of a proposed future amendment to the Traffic Signs Regulations and General Directions (TSRGD), which will incorporate current and future variations within Scotland.

The policy relating to Fairtrade accreditation signs has been reviewed. In reviewing this policy, it was important to consider the purpose of traffic signs, which is to control and guide traffic and to promote road safety on the network. As a recognised global brand, which is promoting a commercial interest, Fairtrade accreditation does not align with this purpose. This review has therefore concluded that the use of Fairtrade branding on traffic signs is not appropriate as it falls into the category being an advertisement.