ASVV – Recommendations for traffic provisions in built up areas


This handbook on traffic provisions in built-up areas is well-known both in the Netherlands and abroad, due to its comprehensive series of recommendations and particularly those that deal with speed reducing provisions in residential areas like home zones. The ASVV brings together a wealth of existing yet often fragmented knowledge that is far from easy to get hold of. A great many Dutch experts contributed to its content. The book can be used as manual for running through a design process for traffic technology. The content of this extensive standard work is divided into chapters that correspond with the various stages of that process.

The ASVV contains standard solutions with generally applicable practical knowledge. The handbook will improve uniformity in the use and design of traffic control provisions. This increases their recognizability factor and improves road safety as a result.


The Basic Information chapter contains the fundamental principles and prerequisites for the design process. The information in this chapter and in the working Methods chapter can be used to formulate traffic and transport policy in built-up areas (such as parking policy and public transport). The chapter also includes a number of search schedules, which take the designer to the reference pages. These pages refer the reader to the provisions that can be used as a possible solution to traffic problems.

The chapter entitled Provisions is at the heart of the ASVV and comprises technical details of the measure in question. It contains every example of traffic control provisions imaginable. These specification sheets for provisions describe the physical contribution involved.
Special Topics, the final chapter of the handbook, discusses aspects concerned with management and maintenance and the use of the provisions, such as public lighting, signposting, public greenery and environmental impact.

Table of Content

Section I: Introduction
1 Plan and outline
1.1 Determination of terms
1.2 ASVV-method of approach
1.3 Directions for reading ASVV
2 Terms
2.1 Definitions of terms
2.2 Abbreviations in the ASVV

Section II: Basic Information
3 Information on people, vehicle, road and traffic
3.1 Introduction
3.2 Participants in traffic
3.3 Vehicles and pedestrians
3.4 Traffic
4 Traffic engineering premises
4.1 Introduction
4.2 Premises of a traffic planning nature
4.3 Traffic engineering premises
5 Non-traffic engineering aspects
5.1 Introduction
5.2 Town and country planning, landscaping and cultural historical aspects
5.3 General-planning and economic aspects
5.4 Environmental engineering aspects
5.5 Civil engineering aspects
5.6 Financial aspects
5.7 Social aspects
5.8 Policy aspects
5.9 Legal and procedural aspects

Section III: Working methods
6 Methods of analysis and traffic planning aspects
6.1 Introduction
6.2 Sustainable Safety
6.3 Functions of a road section
6.4 Forecast models
6.5 Parking management
6.6 Planning aspects of public (bus) transport
6.7 Planning aspects of cycle traffic
6.8 Necessity of crossing for slow-moving traffic
6.9 Speed reducing provisions
6.10 Traffic and transport management
6.11 Criteria for installing or removing traffic lights
6.12 Design process traffic lights control system
6.13 Town planning aspects of traffic provisions
6.14 Goods transport and public services
7 Design aids
7.1 Introduction
7.2 Traffic engineering aspects of car traffic
7.3 Traffic engineering aspects of public bus transport
7.4 Traffic engineering aspects of cycle traffic
7.5 Traffic engineering aspects of pedestrian traffic
7.6 Traffic engineering aspects of mixed traffic
7.7 Traffic regulation

Section IV: Provisions
8 Provisions for traffic flow
8.1 Introduction
8.2 Provisions on road sections
8.3 Provisions at intersections
8.4 Planning elements
9 Traffic engineering provisions for individual categories
9.1 Introduction
9.2 Motor vehicles
9.3 Public transport
9.4 Cyclists
9.5 Pedestrians
10 Traffic engineering provisions for mixed traffic
10.1 Introduction
10.2 Provisions for traditional streets
10.3 Provisions for residential estates and pedestrian areas
10.4 Supplementary provisions on road sections
10.5 Supplementary provisions at intersections
10.6 Transition zones between different types of residential area and/or areas with
differing traffic conditions
11 Measures used for traffic regulation
11.1 Introduction
11.2 Traffic lights control system
11.3 Measures in accordance with article 12 of the BABW
11.4 Joint use of bus carriageway and bus lanes
11.5 Various forms of Parking Regulation

Section V: Special topics
12 Technical subjects
12.1 Introduction
12.2 Pavements
12.3 Traffic signing and road marking
12.4 Public lighting
12.5 Direction signing
12.6 Planting
12.7 Environmental effect of traffic provisions
13 Provisions for works in progress
13.1 Introduction
13.2 Static works
13.3 Dynamic works