Know Traffic Signs for Road Safety

By | January 11, 2016

Traffic Signs

(Click on the road Traffic Signs  to view the situation where they are installed )

RESTRICTION ENDS SIGN

This sign indicates the point at which all prohibitions notified by prohibitory signs for moving of vehicles cease to apply.

STOP AND GIVE WAY TRAFFIC SIGNS

 STOP SIGN: This sign is used on roadways where traffic is required to stop before entering a major road. The vehicle shall proceed past the stop line only after ascertaining that ths will not cause any damage to traffic on the main road.

GIVE WAY SIGN: This sign is used to assign right-of-way to traffic on certain roadways and intersections, the intention being that the vehicles controlled by the sign must give way to the other traffic having the right-of-way.

PROHIBITORY TRAFFIC SIGNS

                                               

STRAIGHT PROHIBITED OR NO ENTRY: These signs are located at places where the vehicles are not allowed to enter. It is generally erected at the end of one-way-road to prohibit traffic entering the roadway in the wrong direction and also at each intersection along the one-way road.

                   

ONE WAY SIGN: These signs are located at the entry to the one-way street and repeated at intermediate intersections on that street.

   VEHICLES RROHIBITED IN BOTH DIRECTIONS: This sign is used at the approact end of the roads where entry to all types of vehicular traffic is prohibited, especially in areas which have been designed as pedestrian malls.

HORN PROHIBITED: This sign is used on stretches of the road where sounding of horn is not allowed, near hospitals and in silence zones.

CYCLE PROHIBITED: This sign is erected on each enry to the road where cycles are to be prohibited.

 PEDESTRIAN PROHIBITED: This sign is erected on each enry to the road where pedestrians are to be prohibited.

                  

RIGHT/LEFT TURN PROHIBITED: hese signs are used at places where vehicles are not allowed to make a turn to the right or left. The signs are also used at the inter-sections of one-way street to supplement the one-way sign.

U-TURN PROHIBITED: This sign is used at places where vehicles are forbidden to make a turn to the reverse direction of travel between the sign and the next inter-section beyond it.

 OVERTAKING PROHIBITED: This sign is erected at the beginning of such sections of highways where sight distance is restricted and overtaking will be dangerous.

ALL MOTOR VEHICLES PROHIBITED: This sign is used at places where entry to all types of motor vehicles is prohibited.

 TRUCKS PROHIBITED: This sign is used at the entrance to the road where movement of trucks is prohibited.

HAND CART PROHIBITED: This sign is erected on each entry to the road where hand carts are to be prohibited.

BULLOCK CART PROHIBITED: This sign is erected on each entry to the road where bullock carts are to be prohibited.

 TONGA PROHIBITED: This sign is erected on each entry to the road where tongas are to be prohibited.

 BULLOCK CARTS & HAND CARTS PROHIBITED: This sign is erected on each entry to the road where all types of slow moving vehicles except cycles are to be prohibited.

NO PARKING AND NO STOPPING TRAFFIC SIGNS

 NO PARKING: This sign is erected where parking is not allowed but vehicles can stop for short duration to allow passengers to get into or get out of the vehicle. The sign should be accompanied by suitable kerb or carriageway markings.

 NO PARKING OR STANDING:This sign is erected where vehicles are prohibited to stop even temporarily.

SPEED LIMIT AND VEHICLE CONTROL TRAFFIC SIGNS

SPEED LIMIT: This sign is erected at the beginning of the section of the road or area covered by a speed restriction, with numerals indicating the speed limit in kilometers per hour.

 WIDTH LIMIT: This sign is used where entry of vehicles exceeding a particular width is prohibited.

 

HEIGHT LIMIT: This sign is erected in advance of an overhead structure where entry is prohibited for vehicles whose height exceeds a certain limit.

 LENGTH LIMIT: This sign is used where entry of vehicles exceeding a particular length is prohibited.

 LOAD LIMIT: This sign is used where entry of vehicles is prohibited for vehicles whose laden weight exceeds a certain limits.

 

AXLE LOAD LIMIT: This sign is used where entry of vehicles is prohibited for vehicles whose axle load exceeds a certain limits.

COMPULSORY DIRECTION CONTROL AND OTHER TRAFFIC SIGNS

                                           

COMPULSORY TURN LEFT/RIGHT: These signs indicate the appropriate direction in which the vehicles are permitted to proceed.

   

COMPULSORY AHEAD OR TURN LEFT/RIGHT: These signs indicate the appropriate directions in which the vehicles are permitted to proceed. Vehicles are supposed to move either of the given two directions.

 COMPULSORY AHEAD: This sign indicates that the vehicle is only permitted to proceed ahead.

 COMPULSORY KEEP LEFT: This sign is most frequently used on bollards or islands and refuges in the middle of the carriageway and at the beginning of central reserves of dual carriageway. The vehicles are obliged to keep left only.

COMPULSORY CYCLE RICKSHAW TRACK: This sign means only cycles and rickshaws are allowed on this road/carriageway. 

COMPULSORY SOUND HORN: This sign means the motor vehicles shall compulsorily sound horn at the location where the sign is placed. This sign is mostly put at sharp curves on hill roads.

 

SLIP ROAD AHEAD: This sign means the vehicles can either go straight or turn left.

MAIN ROAD AHEAD: This sign means the vehicles can either go straight or turn right.

 

PEDESTRIANS ONLY: This sign means only pedistrians are allowed and the traffic is not allowed on this road/carriageway.

 BUSES ONLY: This sign means that only buses are allowed and other traffic is not allowed on this road/carriageway.

RIGHT/LEFT HAND CURVE: This sign is used where the direction of alignment changes. The sign forewarns the driver to reduce the speed and proceed cautiously along the road.
RIGHT/LEFT HAIR PIN BEND: This sign is used where the change in direction is so considerable that it amounts to reversal of direction. The symbol bends to right or left depending upon the road alignment.
RIGHT/LEFT REVERSE BEND: This sign is used where the nature of the reverse bend is not obvious to approaching traffic and constitutes a hazard. If the first curve is to the right, a right reverse bend shall be used. If the first curve is to the left, a left reverse bend is used.
NARROW BRIDGE: This sign is erected on roads in advance of bridges where the clear width between the kerbs or wheel guards is less than normal width of carriageway. GAP IN MEDIAN: This gap is installed ahead of a gap in the median of a divided carriageway, other than an intersection.
NARROW ROAD: This sign is normally found in rural areas where a sudden reduction in width of pavement causes a danger to traffic. ROAD WIDENS: This sign is normally found in rural areas where a sudden widening of road causes a danger to traffic, such as, a two-lane road suddenly widening to a dual carriageway.
CYCLE CROSSING: This sign is erected in advance of all uncontrolled cycle crossings. PEDESTRIAN CROSSING: This sign is erected in advance of both approaches to uncontrolled pedestrian crossings.
SCHOOL: This sign is erected where school buildings or grounds are adjacent to the road where the traffic creates a hazard to children. MEN AT WORK: This sign is displayed only when men and machines are working on the road or adjacent to it or on overhead lines or poles. This sign is removed when the work is completed.
SIDE ROAD LEFT/RIGHT: This sign is displayed in advance of the side road intersections where a large volume of entering traffic together with restricted sight distance is likely to constitute a hazard. The driver is warned of the existence of a junction.
     
Y-INTERSECTION: These signs are displayed on the approach to a bifurcation of any road. This sign warns of the existence of a junction and no other indication is given.
MAJOR ROAD: These signs are displayed in advance of crossing with the major road, where a sufficiently large volume of traffic together with a sufficiently large volume of traffic together with restricted sight is likely to cause a hazard.
STAGGERED INTERSECTION: This sign is used to indicate junctions where the distance between two junctions is not more than 60 meters.
T INTERSECTION: This sign is displayed in advance of T-junctions where the nature of inter-section is not obvious to approaching traffic. This sign is used to warn the driver of the existence of a junction. ROUNDABOUT: This sign is used where it is necessary to indicate the approach to a roundabout.
START OF DUAL CARRIAGEWAY: This sign is displayed when a single carriageway ends into a dual carriageway. END OF DUAL CARRIAGEWAY: This sign is displayed when a dual carriageway is ending and a single carriageway is starting.
REDUCED CARRIAGEWAY: These signs caution the driver of the reduction in the width of the carriageway ahead. This is displayed on undivided carriageways when some portion of the carriageway is closed or reduced for repairs.
TWO WAY OPERATION: This sign is used to caution the driver of a changed pattern of traffic operation of the carriageway expected to carry traffic in one direction only. CROSS ROAD: This sign is displayed in advance of the cross road where a sufficiently large volume of crossing or entering traffic with restricted sight distance is likely to constitute a hazard.

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