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Traffic signs and road markings

You need to know what road traffic signs and road markings mean before you drive on public roads. On this page you will find just a few of the many signs you will encounter as a driver. For a complete list of signs and their meanings, see the official Rules Of The Road manual which can be downloaded for free on the RSA website here:

Traffic Signs and Road Markings:

This section contains the signs that indicate that there is a road traffic regulation. These must be followed.
No entry to vehicles
Maximum axle loading weight
Clearway

No entry

No right turn

No left turn

No overtaking 

No entry for large vehicles

SLOW maximum permitted speed 80KMH

Height restriction

No U turn

Parking permitted

Parking Prohibited

Taxi rank

Pedestrian street

Speed Limit 50kmh

Max design gross weight

Max Width

HGV cannot use right hand lane

No-bicycles

Cul de sac

All motorway signs are blue and bellow you will find some of the most common signs and their meaning. Other examples of blue signs, not to be confused with motorway signs, are also given.

Entry to motorway

Next exit in 300m

Motorway ends in 500m

End of motorway

Pedestrians & bicycles only

Separate bicycle & pedestrian lane

Hospital ahead

These signs are different from other warning signs. You should always be extra careful and reduce your speed when you see these signs. The signs are rectangular or diamond-shaped, orange with a black border and black symbols or words.

Roadworks ahead

End of roadworks

Two way traffic

One lane crossover (out)

One lane crossover (back)

Start of central reserve or obstruction

End of central reserve or obstruction

Road narrows from left

Road narrows from right

Road narrows on both sides

Uneven surface

Loose chippings

Nearside lane (of two) closed

Flagman ahead

Temporary traffic signals ahead

Two offside lanes (of four) closed

Move to right (two lanes)

Single lane (for shuttle working)

Move to right (one lane)

Site access on left

Pedestrians cross to left

Lanes diverge at crossover

Two lanes crossover (out)

Lanes rejoin at crossover

Two lanes crossover (back)

Site access on right

Queues likely

Pedestrians cross to right

These signs warn you of hazards such as roundabouts, intersections, dangerous curves or other places that require you to drive more carefully. You should always be extra careful when you see a warning sign. If you do not obey these signs, you could be a hazard.

Dangerous corner ahead

Dangerous bend ahead

Series of dangerous corners ahead

Series of dangerous bends ahead

Crossroads

Side road

T junction

Y junction

Crossroads with roads of less importance

Side road with road of less importance

T junction with roads of less importance

Y junction with roads of less importance

Staggered crossroads

Traffic cross over ahead

Roundabout ahead

Crossroads

T junction

Crossroads with dual carriageway

T junction with dual carriageway

Sharp rise ahead eg. hump back bridge

Sharp dip ahead

Series of bumps or hollows ahead

Steep descent ahead

Steep ascent ahead

Danger of falling rocks

Low flying aircraft

Slippery road ahead

School ahead

Road divides

Level crossing unguarded by gates or barrier

Unprotected quay, canal or river ahead

Traffic signals ahead

Cattle and farm animals

Pedestrian crossing ahead

Two way traffic

Dual carriageway ends

Level Crossing

Merging traffic

Merging diverging traffic

Road narrows from left

Road narrows on both sides

Road narrows from right

Overhead electric cables

Mini Roundabout ahead

Accompanied horses and ponies

Cattle and farm animals

Deer or wild animals

Level crossing guarded by gates or barrier

Children crossing (residential area)

Tunnel ahead

Tramway crossing ahead

Crosswinds

Loop road ahead

Lane loss

Start of a passing Lane

Start of a climbing lane

Chevron board (a sharp change of direction to the left)

Low bridge ahead (height restriction shown)

Chevron board (a sharp change of direction to the right)

Mandatory traffic signs indicating the direction of travel at intersections are blue and white.They are usually circular and have white symbols or letters on a blue background.
Keep
left
Keep
right

Pass either side

Straight
ahead
Turn
right
Turn
Left
Turn left
ahead
Turn right
ahead
With flow bus lane on left (near-side)
With flow bus lane on right (off side)
Contra flow bus lane
Tram lane on right
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