Manual of Uniform Traffic Control Devices - Fifth Edition
Sign Pattern Manual
The Manual of Uniform Traffic Control Devices for Canada (MUTCDC) is a flagship document for the Transportation Association of Canada and one of the most important documents for Canadian traffic engineering practitioners. It offers guidance on traffic control device types, use, and placement for a variety of road authorities and jurisdictions across the nation. The last complete rewrite of the MUTCDC was completed in 1998. An interim fifth edition of the MUTCDC was released in 2014, addressing updates and modifications that had been recommended since 2008, but it is not considered to be a true rewrite or full update of the Manual.
As a result of not having a comprehensive update of the MUTCDC for well over 16 years, the content requires a thorough review in order to ensure it still provides authoritative guidance to Canadian traffic professionals on good practices for traffic control devices. In 2014, TAC completed a study to assess the MUTCDC and determine the work required to prepare the sixth edition of the MUTCDC so as to meet the day to day needs of the users as well as encompassing the latest research, technology and usage relating to traffic control devices.
The objective of this project is to prepare the sixth edition of the Manual of Uniform Traffic Control Devices for Canada. In addition to refreshing the entire MUTCDC to ensure consistency in content, writing style and format, the project will involve specific updates for many sections of the Manual following guiding principles and fundamentals identified in the scoping study.
Traffic Control Signals
In addition to updating the MUTCDC, the accompanying Sign Pattern Manual will be updated to ensure consistency in sign design standards and advice is being offered to practitioners. While the MUTCDC contains the approved traffic control devices for Canada, and provides practitioners with guidelines for their use and placement, it is actually the Sign Pattern Manual that should be referenced when manufacturing a particular traffic sign. The Sign Pattern Manual includes a scale drawing of the sign, and specifies items such as dimensions for all elements of the sign, type of sheeting, colour specifications, font types, etc.
In keeping with its responsibility for the maintenance of the Manual of Uniform Traffic Control Devices for Canada (MUTCDC), the TOMSC regularly conducts projects that evaluate the design and application of signs and other traffic control devices. An important part of the evaluation is testing the comprehension of a device, or alternative designs of a device, amongst drivers, cyclists and/or pedestrians. The testing improves the overall value of the traffic control recommendations made by the committee. Sign comprehension testing software will be developed as part of the project for testing of future signs.
The Manual of Uniform Traffic Control Devices for Canada is considered one of TAC’s flagship documents and is used to varying extents by all road agencies, designers and practitioners in Canada. TAC members are welcome to become partners and contribute to the work that will produce the next edition of the Manual.