Road signs in Sri Lanka

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70 km/h (written incorrectly as "kmph") speed limit for light vehicles outside built-up areas. Vehicle categories are motor cars, dual purpose vehicles and motor cycles

Road signs in Sri Lanka are standardized to closely follow those used in Europe with certain distinctions, and a number of changes have introduced road signs that suit as per local road and system. Sri Lankan government announced by a gazette that aimed to get a facelift and introduction of over 100 new road traffic signs. The new change will be replaced in colour and sizes and introduction of Variable-message sign & electronic digital sign boards in express highways. The Japanese government has granted LKR 1.24 billion to implement message signs in expressways.[1]

Language applicable traffic sign boards are in Sinhalese, Tamil and English. The motor traffic act (chapter 203) describes road traffic signs.[2]

Danger warning signs[edit]

Regulatory signs[edit]

Prohibitory signs[edit]

Restrictive signs[edit]

Mandatory signs[edit]

Priority signs[edit]

Additional panels[edit]

  • Additional panels to be used with regulatory signs

Directional informative signs[edit]

National Highways[edit]

Provincial Roads[edit]


Other signs useful for drivers[edit]

Route number signs[edit]

Additional panels[edit]

  • Additional Panels to be used with Directional Informative Signs

Miscellaneous signs[edit]

Road markings[edit]

Traffic light signals[edit]

Light signals for pedestrians[edit]

Prohibited distance[edit]

  • Prohibited distance for parking of vehicles

Hazard-warning plates[edit]

  • Hazard-warning plates fixed to transport vehicles

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Sri Lanka's road traffic signs to get a facelift". Sunday Times. Retrieved 27 November 2014.
  2. ^ "The Motor Traffic Act". Retrieved 8 January 2015.