Road Traffic Control Law and Legal Definition

Road traffic control refers to the method of controlling vehicular and pedestrian traffic around a construction zone or other road disruption. Road traffic control ensures the safety of construction workers and the general public. Traffic controllers are known as lollipop men. Road traffic control works with road authorities, councils and private entities to ensure the safe and controlled movement of motorists and pedestrians around worksites. They use temporary traffic signage, arrow boards, accredited traffic controllers and delineators. In the U.S., the Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices (MUTCD) lays down guidelines for the use of traffic control equipment. MUTCD is a document issued by the Federal Highway Administration of the U.S. department of transportation for streets and highways. Road traffic control devices should adhere to the standards prescribed by MUTCD.