Comparison of traffic signs in English-speaking countries

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This is a comparison of road signs in countries that speak majorly English, including major ones where it is an official language and widely understood (and as a lingua franca).

Most road signs come in a different language rather than English. Example shows a road sign in Malta in Maltese language.

Botswana, Eswatini (Swaziland), Lesotho, Malawi, South Africa, Tanzania, Zambia, and Zimbabwe are all SADC members who drive on the left and use the SADC Road Traffic Signs Manual, and thus have identical road signs.

Differences between traffic signs in English-speaking countries[edit]

Most speed limits in the US use USC. Also, the highway signs match the MUTCD[clarification needed] in some English-speaking countries.
  Australia Bahamas Belize Canada Hong Kong Ireland Jamaica Liberia Mauritius New Zealand Nigeria Philippines South Africa Sierra Leone Singapore United Kingdom United States
Drives on... Left Left Right Right Left Left Left Right Left Left Right Right Left Right Left Left Right
Speed units km/h mph mph km/h km/h km/h km/h km/h or mph[11] km/h km/h km/h km/h km/h km/h km/h mph mph


Differences in units[edit]

Imperial measurements reminder in Northern Ireland when entering from the Republic
Road sign used in British Columbia, Canada, near the Canada–US border to remind American drivers that Canada uses the metric system.
Note that the imperial speed limit (left) is shown using a Canadian-style sign, rather than an MUTCD-standard one as would be used in the US
  • All main countries, with except for the United States, and the United Kingdom, use the metric system. Some countries mark this fact by using units on various signs. Note that some smaller English-speaking countries in the Caribbean also use miles per hour.
    • Ireland, parts of Canada (British Columbia, parts of Ontario, and Yukon), and Liberia[11] list units (km/h) on their maximum speed limit signs. In Canada and Ireland, this is a reflection of (somewhat) recent transitions from Imperial to metric.
    • Advisory speed limit signs in most countries list units, although New Zealand does not. The US lists units in mph.
    • Height, weight, and width restrictions are almost always accompanied by units (tonnes or metres); in the US, the short ton is used with no distinction from metric tonnes.
    • Signs in some parts of Canada near the US border often include both metric and Imperial units, to remind American drivers that they are entering metric countries. No such equivalent exists in the US.[12]
  • The US was, at one time, planning a transition to the metric system. The Metric Conversion Act of 1975 started the process, but the abolition of the United States Metric Board in 1982 significantly hampered conversion. Nevertheless, the MUTCD specifies metric versions of speed limit signs. Furthermore, Interstate 19 in Arizona is partially signed in metric.

Color differences[edit]

Warning signs[edit]

Sheep road sign in the United Kingdom.
Countries in yellow use MUTCD-style diamond warning signs. Click for large image and detailed info key.
  • Most warning signs are diamond-shaped and yellow or red-bordered triangular warning signs; some warning signs may be fluorescent yellow-green in order to draw extra attention. There are a few exceptions to this:
    • Pentagonal signs are used in school zones in the United States, Liberia, and many areas in Canada. In the Philippines, pentagonal signs are permanently used for pedestrian crossings.
  • Warning signs may be text-only.

Road works and construction[edit]

  • Most countries use orange or yellow diamond-shaped signs or yellow, orange or white red-bordered triangular warning signs for construction zones. Australia and the Philippines use rectangular signs that fit into temporary casings.

Regulatory signs[edit]

  • Prohibitory and restrictive signs are classified as regulatory signs.
  • Almost all prohibitory signs use a red circle with a slash. Restrictive signs typically use a red circle, as in Europe. Some may be seated on a rectangular white background.
    • The original MUTCD prohibitory and restrictive signs were text-only (i.e. NO LEFT TURN).[13] Some of these signs continue to be used in the US.
  • Yield signs can be blank or have text with the legend "YIELD" or "GIVE WAY" depending on which country it is.
  • The No Entry / Do Not Enter sign may or may not feature text. In Ireland, an upwards-pointing arrow contained within a slashed red circle is used instead. Some countries have those two signs separated.
    • The Latin American-style do not proceed straight sign may take a different meaning in countries with standard No Entry signs. Typically, it indicates an intersection where traffic cannot continue straight ahead, but where cross-traffic may enter the street from the right (or left). Thus, it is distinguished from a No Entry (for all vehicles) sign.


Mandatory or permitted-action signs[edit]

Various color schemes for mandatory signs. Click for large image and detailed info key.
  • The design of mandatory signs varies widely, since the MUTCD does not specify their use.[14] Rather, the MUTCD's equivalent are classified as regulatory signs.
    • Some countries use simple arrows with the text "ONLY" or its equivalent underneath. This is the US and Australian standard.
    • Some countries use European-style white-on-blue circular signs. These are "Type A Mandatory Signs" as prescribed by the Vienna Convention.
    • Some Latin American countries use red-bordered circular signs, in the same style as regulatory signs. These are "Type B Mandatory Signs" as prescribed by the Vienna Convention. In cases relating to particular types of vehicle traffic (e.g. buses), these signs are identical to some European prohibitory signs.[a]
    • Canada uses a unique style of mandatory sign that features a green circle.

Warning[edit]

  Australia Canada Hong Kong Ireland Jamaica Liberia Mauritius New Zealand Nigeria Philippines SADC Sierra Leone Singapore United Kingdom United States
Stop ahead Australia road sign W3-1.svg Ontario Wb-1.svg ? Ireland road sign W 040.svg
Ireland road sign P 001.svg
Jamaica road sign W27.svg Vienna Convention road sign Ab-21a-V1.svg New Zealand road sign W10-1.svg Philippines road sign W3-2.svg SADC road sign W302.svg Italian traffic signs - preavviso.svg
Italian traffic signs - dare precedenza.svg
UK traffic sign 501.svg
UK traffic sign 502.svg
MUTCD W3-1.svg
Yield / Give Way ahead Australia road sign W3-2.svg Ontario Wb-1A.svg ? Ireland road sign W 041.svg
Ireland road sign P 001.svg
Jamaica road sign W29.svg Vienna Convention road sign Ab-20-V1.svg New Zealand road sign W10-2.svg Philippines road sign W3-3.svg SADC road sign W303.svg Italian traffic signs - distanza.svg
Italian traffic signs - dare precedenza.svg
UK traffic sign 501.svg
UK traffic sign 503.svg
MUTCD W3-2.svg
Traffic signals ahead Australia road sign W3-3.svg Ontario Wb-2.svg Hong Kong road sign 207.svg Ireland road sign W 042.svg Jamaica road sign W15.svg Liberian Road Signs - Warning Sign - Traffic signals ahead.svg Mauritius Road Signs - Warning Sign - Traffic Signals.svg New Zealand road sign W10-4.svg Vienna Convention road sign Aa-17a-V2.svg Philippines road sign W3-1.svg SADC road sign W301.svg Italian traffic signs - semaforo verticale.svg Singapore road sign - Warning - Traffic signals.svg UK traffic sign 543.svg MUTCD W3-3.svg
Roundabout ahead Australia road sign W2-7.svg Québec D-170-13.svg Hong Kong road sign 217.svg Ireland road sign W 043.svg Jamaica road sign W26.svg Vienna Convention road sign Ab-22-V1.svg Mauritius Road Signs - Warning Sign - Roundabout.svg New Zealand road sign W11-1.svg Vienna Convention road sign Aa-22-V3.svg Philippines road sign W2-7.svg SADC road sign W201.svg Italian traffic signs - circolazione rotatoria.svg Singapore road sign - Warning - Roundabout.svg UK traffic sign 510.svg MUTCD W2-6.svg
Two-way traffic ahead Australia W4-11.svg Québec D-080.svg Hong Kong road sign 205.svg Ireland road sign W 080.svg Jamaica road sign W18.svg Vienna Convention road sign Ab-23-V1.svg Mauritius Road Signs - Warning Sign - Two-way traffic straight.svg New Zealand road sign W14-2.svg Vienna Convention road sign Aa-23-V3.svg ? SADC road sign W212.svg Italian traffic signs - doppio senso.svg Singapore road sign - Warning - Two way traffic.svg UK traffic sign 521.svg MUTCD W6-3.svg
Uncontrolled railroad crossing ahead Australia road sign W7-7 (L).svg Australia road sign W7-7 (R).svg Not used Vienna Convention road sign Ab-26a-V1.svg Mauritius Road Signs - Warning Sign - Ungated Crossing.svg New Zealand PW-57 (right).svg Vienna Convention road sign Aa-26a-V3.svg Philippines road sign W7-2.svg SADC road sign W318.svg Italian traffic signs - passaggio a livello senza barriere.svg Not used[b] UK traffic sign 771.svg MUTCD W10-1.svg
MUTCD W10-13P.svg
Level railroad crossing with barriers ahead Australia W7-4.svg Vienna Convention road sign Ab-25-V1.svg Mauritius Road Signs - Warning Sign - Gated Crossing.svg Vienna Convention road sign Aa-25-V3.svg Philippines road sign W7-3.svg SADC road sign W314.svg Italian traffic signs - passaggio a livello con barriere.svg UK traffic sign 770.svg MUTCD W10-1.svg
Tram / streetcar crossing Australia road sign W5-41.svg Not used Hong Kong road sign 159.gif W124 Tram Crossing—Warning Sign Ireland.png New Zealand PW-63 (left).svg SADC road sign W362.svg UK traffic sign 772.svg MUTCD W10-1.svg
Railroad crossbuck Australia R6-24.svg
or
Australia R6-25.svg
Canadian Railroad Crossing Sign.svg Not used Jamaica road sign W23.svg Vienna Convention road sign A-28a-V1-1.svg New Zealand PW-14.svg
or
New Zealand road sign W15-3.1.svg
Vienna Convention road sign A-28a-V1-2.svg Philippines road sign W7-1.svg
or
Philippines road sign W7-4.svg
SADC road sign W403.svg UK traffic sign 774.svg MUTCD R15-1.svg
Level crossing (multiple tracks) Australia R6-24 (multiple tracks).svg
or
Australia R6-25 (multiple tracks).svg
SADC road sign W404.svg Not used MUTCD Sign Assembly - R15-1 with R15-2P.svg
Crossroads ahead Australia road sign W2-1.svg Hong Kong road sign 213.svg Vienna Convention road sign Ab-19a-V1.svg Mauritius Road Signs - Warning Sign - Crossroads.svg New Zealand PW-9.svg Nigeria road sign - Crossroads.svg SADC road sign W101.svg
or[c]
SADC road sign W102.svg
or[d]
SADC road sign W102-TAN.svg
Italian traffic signs - intersezione con diritto di precedenza.svg Singapore road sign - Warning - Crossroads.svg UK traffic sign 504.1.svg MUTCD W2-1.svg
Junction with a side road ahead Australia road sign W2-4 (L).svg
or
Australia road sign W2-4 (R).svg
Hong Kong road sign 215 R.svg MUTCD W2-2R.svg
Traffic merges ahead Australia W5-34 (L).svg
or
Australia W5-34 (R).svg
Hong Kong road sign 202.svg
MUTCD W4-1R.svg
or
MUTCD W4-1L.svg
or
MUTCD W4-5R.svg

Added lane Australia W5-35 (L).svg
or
Australia W5-35 (R).svg
MUTCD W4-3R.svg
or
MUTCD W4-6R.svg

Divided highway ahead Australia W4-4.svg
MUTCD W6-1.svg
or
MUTCD W6-1A.svg

Divided highway ends Australia W4-6.svg Hong Kong road sign 204.svg
MUTCD W6-2.svg
or
W6-2a.gif

Road narrows ahead Australia W4-3.svg Hong Kong road sign 212 R.svg orHong Kong road sign 211.svg
MUTCD W4-2R.svg
Narrow bridge ahead Australia W4-1.svg Jamaica road sign W3-4.svg New Zealand PW-44.svg SADC road sign W326.svg Singapore road sign - Warning - Narrow bridge.svg
MUTCD W5-2.svg
Dangerous crosswinds Australia road sign W5-SA101.svg Australia road sign W5-V106.svg Not used W166 - Crosswind - Warning Sign Ireland.png Jamaica road sign W17-1.svg Mauritius Road Signs - Warning Sign - Cross-wind.svg New Zealand PW-48.svg SADC road sign W349.svg Not used UK traffic sign 581.svg State specific
Low-flying aircraft Australia W5-30.svg Hong Kong road sign 230.svg Ireland road sign W 165.svg Vienna Convention road sign Ab-30-V1-1.svg Mauritius Road Signs - Warning Sign - Airfield.svg New Zealand PW-51.svg
or
New Zealand PW-51.1.svg
Vienna Convention road sign Aa-30-V1-3.svg Philippines road sign W5-11.svg SADC road sign W351.svg Italian traffic signs - aeromobili.svg Singapore road sign - Warning - Low flying aircraft.svg UK traffic sign 558.svg
or
UK traffic sign 558.1.svg
State specific
Steep hill downwards Australia W5-12.svg Ontario Wa-21.svg Hong Kong road sign 218 (1 in 5).svg W105 Steep Descent - Warning Sign Ireland.png Mauritius Road Signs - Warning Sign - Dangerous Descent.svg New Zealand road sign W14-10.1.svg
or
New Zealand Permanent Warning - Steep Down Grade.svg
Philippines road sign W5-4 L.svg
or
Philippines road sign W5-4 R.svg
SADC road sign W322.svg Singapore road sign - Warning - Steep descent.svg UK traffic sign 523.1.svg MUTCD W7-1.svg
Steep hill upwards Australia W5-13.svg Hong Kong road sign 219 (1 in 5).svg W106 Steep Ascent - Warning Sign Ireland.png Mauritius Road Signs - Warning Sign - Steep Ascent.svg New Zealand road sign W14-9.1.svg
or
New Zealand Permanent Warning - Steep Up Grade.svg
Philippines road sign W5-5 L.svg
or
Philippines road sign W5-5 R.svg
SADC road sign W323.svg Singapore road sign - Warning - Steep ascent.svg UK traffic sign 524.1.svg
Uneven surface Australia road sign W5-43.svg Ontario Wa-22.svg Hong Kong road sign 220.svg W133 Uneven Road - Warning Sign Ireland.png Mauritius Road Signs - Warning Sign - Uneven road.svg New Zealand PW-40.svg Philippines road sign W5-2.svg SADC road sign W331.svg Singapore road sign - Warning - Uneven road.svg UK traffic sign 556.svg MUTCD W8-8.svg
Dip in road Australia road sign W5-9.svg W131 Road Depression - Warning Sign Ireland.png New Zealand road sign W14-3.svg Not used MUTCD W8-2.svg
Speed hump Australia W3-4.svg W130 Road Hump - Warning Sign Ireland.png MUTCD W8-1.svg[15] New Zealand road sign W14-4.svg SADC road sign W332.svg UK traffic sign 557.1.svg MUTCD W8-1.svg MUTCD W17-1.svg
Slippery road surface Australia road sign W5-20.svg Hong Kong road sign 239.svg W134 Slippery Road - Warning Sign Ireland.png New Zealand PW-41.svg Singapore road sign - Warning - Slippery road.svg UK traffic sign 557.svg MUTCD W8-5.svg
Loose road surface
Pavement ends
Gentle curve ahead Australia W1-3 (R).svg
or
Australia W1-3 (L).svg
Sharp curve ahead Australia W1-1 (R).svg
or
Australia W1-1 (L).svg
Double gentle curve ahead Australia W1-4 (R).svg
or
Australia W1-4 (L).svg
Double sharp curve ahead Australia W1-2 (R).svg
or
Australia W1-2 (L).svg
Series of curves ahead Australia W1-5 (R).svg
or
Australia W1-5 (L).svg
Hairpin curve ahead Australia W1-7 (R).svg
or
Australia W1-7 (L).svg
School zone Victoria R4-V105.svg
or[16]
New South Wales R4-230.svg
or
Queensland R4-Q01.svg
Children / playground ahead Australia road sign W6-3.svg
Australia W8-13 (fluorescent).svg
Ontario Wc-3.svg W141 School Ahead -Warning Sign Ireland.png
or
W142 Children Crossing - Warning Sign Ireland.png
Vienna Convention road sign Ab-13-V1.svg Mauritius Road Signs - Warning Sign - Children.svg New Zealand road sign W16-4 (fluorescent).svg Vienna Convention road sign Aa-13-V3.svg Philippines road sign W6-2.svg SADC road sign W308.svg UK traffic sign 545.svg[17] Singapore road sign - Warning - Children.svg UK traffic sign 545.svg MUTCD W15-1.svg
Pedestrian crossing ahead Australia W6-2 (fluorescent).svg
Pedestrians on road ahead Australia road sign W6-1.svg
Domestic animals
Wild animals
Cyclists crossing
Trucks crossing
Equestrians Australia road sign W5-V111.svg
Emergency vehicles
Farm vehicles
Falling rocks or debris
Opening or swing bridge Australia W5-2.svg Ontario Wa-30.svg Not used Ireland road sign W 167.svg Vienna Convention road sign Ab-5-V1.svg Not used Vienna Convention road sign Aa-5-V3.svg Philippines road sign W5-1.svg SADC road sign W365.svg Italian traffic signs - ponte mobile.svg Not used UK traffic sign 529.svg MUTCD W3-6.svg
Tunnel ahead HK Tunnel.svg W162 - Tunnel - Warning Sign Ireland.png Jamaica road sign W19.svg New Zealand PW-52.svg SADC road sign W319.svg Singapore road sign - Warning - Tunnel.svg UK traffic sign 529.1.svg Not used[e]
Height restriction ahead
Ontario Wa-26.svg
Hong Kong road sign 221.svg W110 Restricted Headroom - Warning Sign Ireland.png New Zealand PW-45.svg SADC road sign W320.svg Singapore road sign - Warning - Height limit.svg
MUTCD W12-2.svg
Width restriction ahead Hong Kong road sign 131.gif W113 Maximum Vehicle Width - Warning Sign Ireland.png SADC road sign W360.svg
Length restriction ahead Hong Kong road sign 132.gif W112 Maximum Vehicle Length - Warning Sign Ireland.png SADC road sign W321.svg
Weight restriction ahead
Ontario Rb-63.svg
Hong Kong road sign 134.gif
Roadworks
[f]
Ontario TC-2B.svg Hong Kong road sign 241.gif Jamaica road sign W14.svg Mauritius Road Signs - Warning Sign - Road works.svg Italian traffic signs - lavori.svg UK traffic sign 7001.svg MUTCD CW21-1.svg
Other danger Hong Kong road sign 240.svg Ireland road sign W 170.svg Jamaica road sign W28.svg New Zealand PW-53.svg Singapore road sign - Warning - Other danger.svg

Regulatory[edit]

Priority[edit]

  Australia Canada Hong Kong Ireland Jamaica Liberia Mauritius New Zealand Nigeria Philippines SADC Sierra Leone Singapore United Kingdom United States
Stop Australia R1-1.svg Canada Stop sign.svg Hong Kong road sign 101.svg Ireland road sign RUS 027.svg Jamaica road sign R2.svg Liberian Road Signs - Regulatory Sign - Stop.svg Mauritius Road Signs - Regulatory Sign - Stop.svg New Zealand road sign R2-1.svg Nigeria road sign - Stop.svg Philippines road sign R1-1.svg SADC road sign R1.svg Italian traffic signs - fermarsi e dare precedenza - stop.svg Singapore road sign - Mandatory - Stop.svg UK traffic sign 601.1.svg MUTCD R1-1.svg
Yield / Give Way Australia R1-2.svg Québec P-020-1.svg Hong Kong Road Sign 102.svg Ireland road sign RUS 026 (English).svg
or
Ireland road sign RUS 026 (Gaeilge).svg
Jamaica road sign R1.svg Liberian Road Signs - Regulatory Sign - Yield.svg Mauritius Road Signs - Regulatory Sign - Give Way Sign.svg New Zealand road sign R2-2.svg Nigeria road sign - Give Way.svg Philippines road sign R1-2.svg SADC road sign R2.svg Italian traffic signs - dare precedenza.svg Singapore road sign - Mandatory - Give way.svg UK traffic sign 602.svg
or
UK traffic sign 602 (Wales).svg
MUTCD R1-2.svg
Yield to oncoming traffic Australia R1-2.svg Ontario Rb-91.svg ? Ireland road sign RUS 026 (English).svg Jamaica road sign R1.svg Vienna Convention road sign B5-V1.svg Mauritius Road Signs - Regulatory Sign - Priority for oncoming vehicles.svg New Zealand road sign R2-7.svg Vienna Convention road sign B5-V2.svg Philippines road sign R1-2.svg SADC road sign R6.svg Italian traffic signs - dare precedenza nei sensi unici alternati.svg UK traffic sign 615.svg
UK traffic sign 615.1.svg
MUTCD Sign Assembly - R1-2 with R1-2aP.svg

Prohibitory[edit]

  Australia Canada Hong Kong Ireland Jamaica Liberia Mauritius New Zealand Nigeria Philippines SADC Sierra Leone Singapore United Kingdom United States
No entry Australia road sign R2-4-AS.svg
or[g]
Australia road sign R2-4-RTA.svg
Ontario Rb-19.svg Hong Kong road sign 112.svg (no exceptions:)
Ireland road sign RUS 050.svg
(exceptions apply:)
Ireland road sign RUS 011.svg
Jamaica road sign R8.svg MUTCD R5-1.svg[18] Mauritius Road Signs - Prohibitory Sign - No entry.svg New Zealand road sign R3-4.svg Nigeria road sign - No Entry.svg Philippines road sign R3-1.svg SADC road sign R3.svg Italian traffic signs - senso vietato.svg Singapore road sign - Prohibitory - No entry.svg UK traffic sign 616.svg MUTCD R5-1.svg
Road closed/Vehicles prohibited Queensland T2-4-Q01.svg
or
Queensland T2-Q02.svg
Ontario Rb-92.svg Hong Kong road sign 113.svg Ireland road sign RUS 021.svg Jamaica road sign R7.svg Vienna Convention road sign C2-V1.svg Mauritius Road Signs - Prohibitory Sign - No vehicles.svg New Zealand road sign R3-6.svg Vienna Convention road sign C2-V2.svg Philippines road sign S2-9.svg ? Italian traffic signs - divieto di transito.svg UK traffic sign 617.svg MUTCD R11-2.svg
No motor vehicles Hong Kong road sign 114.svg Vienna Convention road sign C4a-V1.svg Vienna Convention road sign C4a-V3.svg Philippines road sign R3-2.svg SADC road sign R242.svg Italian traffic signs - divieto di transito a tutti gli autoveicoli.svg Not used UK traffic sign 619.svg MUTCD R5-3.svg
No motorcycles Hong Kong road sign 114 B.svg Vienna Convention road sign C3b-V1-1.svg Mauritius Road Signs - Prohibitory Sign - No entry for motorcycles.svg New Zealand RG No Motorcycles.svg Vienna Convention road sign C3b-V1-3.svg Philippines road sign R3-5.svg SADC road sign R222.svg Italian traffic signs - divieto di transito motocicli.svg Singapore road sign - Prohibitory - No motorcycles.svg UK traffic sign 619.2.svg MUTCD R5-8.svg
No bicycles Australia road sign R6-10-3.svg
Ontario Rb-67.svg
Hong Kong road sign 127.svg Ireland road sign RUS 055.svg Vienna Convention road sign C3c-V1-1.svg Mauritius Road Signs - Prohibitory Sign - No Cycles.svg New Zealand RG-24.svg Vienna Convention road sign C3c-V1-3.svg Philippines road sign R3-4.svg SADC road sign R219.svg Italian traffic signs - divieto di transito alle biciclette.svg Singapore road sign - Prohibitory - No bicycles.svg UK traffic sign 951.svg MUTCD R5-6.svg
No pedestrians Australia road sign R6-15.svg
Ontario Rc-12.svg
Hong Kong road sign 124.gif Ireland road sign RUS 038.svg Vienna Convention road sign C3i-V1-1.svg Mauritius Road Signs - Prohibitory Sign - No entry for pedestrians.svg New Zealand RG-23.svg Vienna Convention road sign C3i-V1-3.svg Philippines road sign R3-10.svg SADC road sign R218.svg Italian traffic signs - transito vietato ai pedoni.svg UK traffic sign 625.1.svg MUTCD R5-10c.svg
No heavy goods vehicles Australia road sign R6-10-2.svg
Ontario Rb-62.svg
Hong Kong road sign 117.gif Vienna Convention road sign C3e-V1-1.svg Mauritius Road Signs - Prohibitory Sign - No entry for goods vehicles.svg New Zealand road sign R5-3.svg Vienna Convention road sign C3e-V1-3.svg Philippines road sign R3-8.svg SADC road sign R229.svg
or
SADC road sign R230.svg
Italian traffic signs - divieto di transito ai veicoli da trasporto.svg Singapore road sign - Prohibitory - No lorries.svg UK traffic sign 622 1A (2011).svg MUTCD R5-2.svg
or
MUTCD R14-5.svg
No vehicles carrying dangerous goods Québec P-130-3.svg Vienna Convention road sign C3h-V1-1.svg Vienna Convention road sign C3h-V1-3.svg SADC road sign R232.svg Italian traffic signs - divieto di transito a trasporti pericolosi.svg Singapore road sign - Prohibitory - No dangerous goods.svg UK traffic sign 622.10.svg MUTCD R14-3.svg
No vehicles carrying explosives Ireland road sign RUS 062.svg UK traffic sign 622.8.svg Not used
Minimum safe following distance between vehicles UK traffic sign 2933.svg Not used
Maximum speed limit Australia road sign R4-1 (50).svg Québec P-070-2-50.svg UK traffic sign 670V50.svg Ireland road sign RUS 043.svg MUTCD R2-1.svg or MUTCD R2-1 METRIC.svg[11] Mauritius Road Signs - Prohibitory Sign - Speed limit 50.svg New Zealand road sign R1-1 (50).svg Vienna Convention road sign C14-V3-50.svg Philippines road sign R4-1 (60).svg SADC road sign R201-50.svg Italian traffic signs - limite di velocità 50.svg Singapore road sign - Prohibitory - Speed limit 50.svg UK traffic sign 670V50.svg MUTCD R2-1.svg
Speed restriction ends
Maximum height
Maximum width
Maximum length
Maximum weight
Maximum weight per axle
No left turn Australia road sign R2-6-AS (L).svg
or[g]
Australia road sign R2-6-RTA (L).svg
Ontario Rb-12.svg Hong Kong road sign 122 L.svg Ireland road sign RUS 013.svg Vienna Convention road sign C11a-V1.svg Mauritius Road Signs - Prohibitory Sign - No Left Turn.svg New Zealand road sign R3-1.svg Vienna Convention road sign C11a-V3.svg Philippines road sign R3-14.svg
or
Philippines road sign R3-14P.svg
SADC road sign R209.svg
or
SADC road sign R211.svg
Italian traffic signs - divieto svolta a sinistra.svg Singapore road sign - Prohibitory - No left turn.svg UK traffic sign 613.svg MUTCD R3-2.svg
No right turn Australia road sign R2-6-AS (R).svg
or[g]
Australia road sign R2-6-RTA (R).svg
Ontario Rb-11.svg Hong Kong road sign 122 R.svg Ireland road sign RUS 012.svg Vienna Convention road sign C11b-V1.svg Mauritius Road Signs - Prohibitory Sign - No Right Turn.svg New Zealand road sign R3-2.svg Vienna Convention road sign C11b-V3.svg Philippines road sign R3-13.svg
or
Philippines road sign R3-13P.svg
SADC road sign R210.svg
or
SADC road sign R212.svg
Italian traffic signs - divieto svolta a destra.svg Singapore road sign - Prohibitory - No right turn.svg UK traffic sign 612.svg MUTCD R3-1.svg
No U-turn Australia road sign R2-5-AS.svg
or[g]
Australia road sign R2-5-RTA.svg
Ontario Rb-16.svg
Hong Kong road sign 123.svg Ireland road sign RUS 017.svg MUTCD R3-4.svg[19] Mauritius Road Signs - Prohibitory Sign - No U-Turn.svg New Zealand road sign R3-3.svg Vienna Convention road sign C12-V3.svg Philippines road sign R3-15.svg
or
Philippines road sign R3-15P.svg
SADC road sign R213.svg Italian traffic signs - old - divieto di inversione.svg Not used[h] UK traffic sign 614.svg MUTCD R3-4.svg
No overtaking Australia R6-1.svg Québec P-140-1.svg Hong Kong road sign 129.svg Ireland road sign RUS 014.svg Vienna Convention road sign C13ab-V1.svg Mauritius Road Signs - Prohibitory Sign - No Overtaking.svg ? Vienna Convention road sign C13ab-V3.svg Philippines road sign R3-16.svg
or
Philippines road sign R3-16P.svg
SADC road sign R214.svg Italian traffic signs - divieto di sorpasso.svg Singapore road sign - Prohibitory - No overtaking.svg UK traffic sign 632.svg MUTCD R4-1.svg
No parking
Australia road sign R5-40.svg
Ontario Rb-51.svg
Hong Kong road sign 140 A.svg
Ireland road sign RUS 019.svg
MUTCD R8-3.svg
No stopping
Australia road sign R5-35.svg
Ontario Rb-55.svg
Hong Kong road sign 140.svg
Ireland road sign RUS 010.svg
NYSDOT NYP1-7.svg

Mandatory or permitted actions[edit]

Mandatory signs indicating an obligation to turn left do exist, but are not included in the list below since they are functionally mirror versions of signs indicating an obligation to turn right.

  Australia Canada Hong Kong Ireland Jamaica Liberia Mauritius New Zealand Nigeria Philippines SADC Sierra Leone Singapore United Kingdom United States
Proceed
straight
(no turns)
Australia R2-7.svg
Québec P-110-1.svg Hong Kong road sign 106.svg Ireland road sign RUS 004.svg Jamaica road sign R35-3.svg Vienna Convention road sign D1a-V1.svg Mauritius Road Signs - Mandatory Sign - Ahead Only.svg New Zealand road sign R3-9.svg Vienna Convention road sign D1a-V1.svg Philippines road sign R2-1.svg SADC road sign R107.svg Italian traffic signs - direzione obbligatoria dritto.svg Singapore road sign - Mandatory - Ahead only.svg UK traffic sign 606F.svg
MUTCD R3-5a.svg
Turn right Hong Kong road sign 107 R.svg Ireland road sign RUS 005.svg Jamaica road sign R35-1.svg Vienna Convention road sign D1a-V3.svg Mauritius Road Signs - Mandatory Sign - Right turn only.svg Vienna Convention road sign D1a-V3.svg Philippines road sign R2-2 R.svg SADC road sign R106.svg Italian traffic signs - direzione obbligatoria a destra.svg Singapore road sign - Mandatory - Turn right.svg UK traffic sign 606B.svg
Turn right
ahead
Australia R2-14 (R).svg
Québec P-110-2-D.svg Hong Kong road sign 109 R.svg Ireland road sign RUS 008.svg Vienna Convention road sign D1a-V5.svg Mauritius Road Signs - Mandatory Sign - Right turn ahead only.svg New Zealand road sign R3-10.svg Vienna Convention road sign D1a-V5.svg Philippines road sign R2-5 R.svg SADC road sign R109.svg Italian traffic signs - preavviso di direzione obbligatoria a destra.svg Singapore road sign - Mandatory - Turn right ahead.svg UK traffic sign 609A.svg
MUTCD R3-5R.svg
Proceed
straight
or turn right
Québec P-110-3-D.svg
MUTCD R3-6R.svg
Keep right
(or left)
Australia R2-3 (L).svg
Ontario Wb-6.svg
Hong Kong road sign 108 L.svg
MUTCD R4-7.svg
or
MUTCD R4-7a.svg
Pass on
either side
Québec D-090-3.svg
Hong Kong road sign 302.svg Ireland road sign RUS 003.svg Singapore road sign - Mandatory - Pass on either side.svg UK traffic sign 611.svg
Roundabout Hong Kong road sign 217.svg
Ireland road sign RUS 049.svg
Minimum speed limit
Québec P-070-1-60.svg
MUTCD R2-4.svg
Overtaking
permitted
[i]
Ontario Rb-35.svg
Ireland road sign RUS 014+P 010.svg
MUTCD R4-2.svg
Pedestrians only
Bicycles only
Australia R8-1.svg
Ontario Rb-84.svg
Hong Kong road sign 138.svg
Ireland road sign RUS 009.svg
Shared use path
Australia R8-2.svg
Ireland road sign RUS 058.svg
Transit only

Other[edit]

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One-way
street
Australia R2-2 (R).svg
Ontario Rb-21R.svg
Hong Kong road sign 139.svg
Ireland road sign RUS 004.svg
MUTCD R6-1R.svg
MUTCD R6-2R.svg
Two-way
traffic
Australia W4-11.svg
Ontario Wa-35.svg
W080 Two-Way Traffic - Warning Sign Ireland.png
MUTCD W6-3.svg
Pedestrian crossing
Australia road sign R3-1.svg
Ontario Ra-4.svg
Ireland road sign - Pedestrian Crossing.svg
MUTCD Sign Assembly - S1-1 with W16-7PL (old).svg
[20] or
MUTCD W11-2.svg
[21]
Vienna Convention road sign E12aa-V2.svg
Italian traffic signs - attraversamento pedonale.svg
MUTCD W11-2 (fluorescent).svg
Bump in road
Dead end
MUTCD W14-1.svg
Escape lane
Tunnel
Speed limit zone
Australia R4-10.svg
Ontario Rb-3.svg
No parking zone
Australia road sign R5-40.svg
Ontario Rb-51.svg
MUTCD R7-1.svg
Parking zone
Australia R5-10.svg
Ontario Rb-53.svg
MUTCD R7-108.svg
Hospital
Ontario M401.svg
Hospital sign.svg
Bus stop
Ontario M506.svg
MUTCD R7-107.svg
Train station
Ontario M509.svg
Airport
Ontario M502.svg
Freeway begins
Freeway ends
Australia GE6-10.svg
MUTCD W19-3.svg
Customs
post
National
highway
shield(s)
Australian national highway 94.svg
Australian national route 1.svg
BC-16 (TCH).svg
HK Route1.svg I-22.svg
MUTCD M1-4 (2 digits).svg

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Compare Bicycles Only (Ciclovia) sign in Brazil: Brasil R-34.svg with No Bicycles (Verbot für Radfahrer) sign in Germany: Vienna Convention road sign C3c-V3-1.svg
  2. ^ The last level crossing in Singapore closed in 2011, and thus train-related traffic signs became obsolete.
  3. ^ Signs below used for crossroads with priority.
  4. ^ The sign below is a uniquely Tanzanian version of the sign above.
  5. ^ No equivalent sign in the national MUTCD. Individual state MUTCDs may include equivalent.
  6. ^ Temporary use only.
  7. ^ a b c d Top sign used in Queensland, South Australia, Tasmania, Victoria, and Western Australia. Bottom sign used in the Australian Capital Territory, New South Wales, and the Northern Territory.
  8. ^ In Singapore, U-turns are forbidden per default, unless specifically allowed by a sign. While unofficial "U-turn prohibited" signs do exist, they only serve as a reminder, and the prohibition would still have been in place without the sign.
  9. ^ In many jurisdictions, "Overtaking Permitted" is indicated solely through a change in road markings, e.g. a solid center line changing to a dashed center line. In such jurisdictions, signs in this category are only posted in locations where a change in road markings is deemed insufficient notice for drivers. This is in contrast to "No Overtaking" signs, which are almost always posted alongside changes in road markings to indicate the end of an overtaking zone.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Image by draperc". Mapillary. September 9, 2018. Retrieved April 21, 2019.
  2. ^ "Image by draperc". Mapillary. September 9, 2018. Retrieved April 21, 2019.
  3. ^ "Image by mkanyala". Mapillary. September 11, 2017. Retrieved April 21, 2019.
  4. ^ "Image by mkanyala". Mapillary. September 11, 2017. Retrieved April 21, 2019.
  5. ^ "Image by mkanyala". Mapillary. September 11, 2017. Retrieved April 21, 2019.
  6. ^ Joseph, Dan B. (April 14, 2016). "Image by danbjoseph". Mapillary. Retrieved April 21, 2019.
  7. ^ "Image by mkanyala". Mapillary. September 11, 2017. Retrieved April 21, 2019.
  8. ^ "Image by mkanyala". Mapillary. September 11, 2017. Retrieved April 21, 2019.
  9. ^ "Image by mkanyala". Mapillary. September 11, 2017. Retrieved April 21, 2019.
  10. ^ "Image by kanyala". Mapillary. September 11, 2017. Retrieved April 21, 2019.
  11. ^ a b c Some speed limit signs are explicitly labeled in miles per hour,[1] but most are either explicitly[2][3][4][5] or implicitly measured in kilometers per hour.[6][7] Some signs use the MUTCD's metric speed limit design.[8][9][10]
  12. ^ British Columbia Manual of Standard Traffic Signs & Pavement Markings
  13. ^ MUTCD History
  14. ^ Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices, 2009 Edition
  15. ^ "Image by draperc". Mapillary. August 18, 2018. Retrieved April 21, 2019.
  16. ^ Top sign used in Victoria. Middle sign used in New South Wales. Bottom sign used in Queensland.
  17. ^ (Alter)Native Lens: Seeing my Sierra Leone like a Postcolony
  18. ^ Joseph, Dan B. (April 14, 2016). "Image by danbjoseph". Mapillary. Retrieved April 21, 2019.
  19. ^ "Image by draperc". Mapillary. October 11, 2018. Retrieved April 21, 2019.
  20. ^ "Image by mkanyala". Mapillary. September 10, 2017. Retrieved April 21, 2019.
  21. ^ "Image by draperc". Mapillary. February 25, 2019. Retrieved April 21, 2019.