With the introduction of the 1930 Road Traffic Act the Country was split into 12 Traffic Areas.
Each was given a distinguishing letter, as shown in the list below.
The location of the issuing office is also shown.
A - NORTHERN - NEWCASTLE
B - YORKSHIRE - LEEDS
C - NORTH WESTERN - MANCHESTER
D - WEST MIDLANDS - BIRMINGHAM
E - EAST MIDLANDS - NOTTINGHAM
F - EASTERN - CAMBRIDGE
G - SOUTH WALES - CARDIFF
H - WESTERN - BRISTOL
J - SOUTHERN - READING
K - SOUTH EASTERN - EASTBOURNE
L - SCOTTISH (SUB AREA) - ABERDEEN
M - SCOTTISH - EDINBURGH
N - METROPOLITAN - LONDON
PSV Badges when originally issued, were of an oval enamel design, on a leather hanging strap, and had the same distinguishing letter with the number underneath.
An example of an early Drivers Badge from the Northern Traffic Area is shown below.
These hanging badges were replaced on 1st January 1935 by the more familiar round badge.
The reason for this change was believed to be because when Drivers were swinging the starting handle on the old type buses, the badge flew up in to their face and caused injury. How true this is I do not know, but it sounds reasonable.
They were originally made of a material called 'Traffolyte', and then later in Formica, and much later in Plastic.
The font style differed over the years as did the shade/colour of the edge, as different manufacturers were used.
The badge numbering started at 1001
An early badge, again from the Northern Traffic Area, is shown below. This would be the 2088th badge issued in c1935/6.
Below are the addresses and Counties covered by the 12 different Traffic Area Offices.
The 2 digit badge code is shown after the name of the office.
Further down it shows 'xx Drivers Badge' or 'xx Conductors Badge', if you click on that, it will take you to the badge page for that area, and Driver or Conductor.
Please report any broken links through the Contact Me Page.
NORTHERN TRAFFIC AREA (AA)
Low Friar House
36-42, Low Friar Street
Newcastle upon Tyne
'AA' DRIVER BADGES
'AA' CONDUCTORS BADGES
Cumberland, Durham, Northumberland, Westmorland, part of North West Lancashire and part of the North and West Riding of Yorkshire.
Yorkshire (except the parts included in Northern Traffic Area), part of north east Derbyshire, and part of north west Nottinghamshire.
NORTH WESTERN TRAFFIC AREA (CC)
'CC' DRIVERS BADGES
'CC' CONDUCTORS BADGES
Anglesey, Caernarvonshire, Cheshire, Denbighshire, Flintshire, Merionethshire, Montgomeryshire, part of north west Derbyshire, and Lancashire (except the part included in Northern Traffic Area).
WEST MIDLANDS TRAFFIC AREA (DD)
200 Broad Street
'DD' DRIVERS BADGES
'DD' CONDUCTORS BADGES
Herefordshire, Shropshire, Staffordshire, Warwickshire, and Worcestershire.
EAST MIDLANDS TRAFFIC AREA (EE)
14-16 Trinity Square
'EE' DRIVERS BADGES
'EE' CONDUCTORS BADGES
Nottinghamshire (except the part included in Yorkshire Traffic Area), Leicestershire, Northamptonshire, a small part of north-west Huntingdon and Peterborough, Oxfordshire, Rutland, part of south-west Bedfordshire, part of north-west Berkshire, Buckinghamshire (except the part included in Metropolitan Traffic Area), Derbyshire, (except the parts included in Yorkshire and North-Western Traffic Areas), and Lincolnshire (except the south part of Holland which is included in Eastern Traffic Area).
EASTERN TRAFFIC AREA (FF)
'FF' DRIVERS BADGES
'FF' CONDUCTORS BADGES
Cambridgeshire and Isle of Ely, Norfolk, Suffolk, Bedfordshire (except the parts included in East Midland and Metropolitan Traffic Areas), Essex (except the part included in the Metropolitan Traffic Area), Huntingdon and Peterborough (except the part in the East Midland Traffic Area) and the south part of Holland (Lincs).
Brecknockshire, Cardiganshire, Carmarthenshire, Glamorgan, Monmouthshire, Pembrokeshire, and Radnorshire.
Cornwall, Devon, Gloucestershire, Somerset, Wiltshire and Dorsetshire (except the part included in the South-Eastern Traffic Area), and a small part of West Hampshire.
SOUTHERN TRAFFIC AREA (J)
THIS TRAFFIC AREA WAS SHORT LIVED AND WAS CLOSED ON 31st DECEMBER 1934.
'J' DRIVERS BADGES
'J' CONDUCTORS BADGES - THERE ARE NO PICTURES OF 'J' BADGES AS YET.
The administration Counties of Oxford, Berkshire, Wiltshire, Dorset, Southampton, and the Isle of Wight.
So much of the administrative county of Bucks as comprises the borough of Chepping Wycombe, and the urban districts of Beaconsfield, Marlow, and Slough, and the rural districts of Eton, Wycombe and Hambledon.
The County boroughs of Oxford, Reading, Bournemouth, Portsmouth, and Southampton.
THE AREA BEING MERGED INTO THE SURROUNDING AREAS.
SOUTH EASTERN TRAFFIC AREA (KK)
1-5 Ivy Terrace
'KK' DRIVERS BADGES
'KK' CONDUCTORS BADGES
Hampshire (except the small western part included in the Western Traffic Area), the Isle of Wight, Kent and Sussex (except the parts included in Metropolitan Traffic Area), Berkshire (except the part included in the East Midland Traffic Area), part of south-east Dorsetshire, and south-west Surrey.
SCOTTISH TRAFFIC AREA (SUB OFFICE) (LL)
Aberdeen AB9 2ZS
THIS OFFICE WAS CLOSED AT THE END OF MARCH 1984 AND THE WORK TRANSFERRED TO THE EDINBURGH OFFICE.
UNUSED 'LL' DRIVERS BADGES WERE SUPPLIED TO OTHER OFFICES TO BE ISSUED WHEN BADGES BECAME SHORT TOWARDS THE END OF BADGE ISSUE IN 1991.
Aberdeenshire, Angus, Banffshire, Caithness, Clackmannan, Fife, Inverness-shire, Kincardine, Kinross, Moray, Nairn, Orkney, Perth, Ross and Croarty, Suthland, and Zetland.
SCOTTISH TRAFFIC AREA (MM)
24 Tophichen Street
'MM' DRIVERS BADGES
'MM' CONDUCTORS BADGES
Argyll, Ayrshire, Berwickshire, Bute, Dumfriesshire, Dunbartonshire, East Lothian, Kirkcudbright, Lanarkshire, Midlothian, Peeblesshire, Renfrewshire, Roxburgshire, Selkirkshire, Stirlingshire, West Lothian, and Wigtownshire.
METROPOLITAN TRAFFIC AREA (N) PSV BADGES & (T) TROLLEYBUS AND TRAM STAFF.
P.O. Box 643
'N' DRIVERS BADGES
'N' CONDUCTORS BADGES
Hertfordshire, Greater London, Surrey (except the part included in South Eastern Traffic Area), part of south Bedfordshire, part of south-east Buckinghamshire, part of south-west Essex, part of West Kent, and the northern part of Sussex.
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