100+ All Traffic Signs or Road Safety Signs in India as per IRC

100+ All Traffic Signs or Road Safety Signs in India as per IRC

The devices in the form of symbols on portable support provided on roads to give information, warning and guidance to the road users are known as traffic signs or road signs, or road safety signs. In this article, a total of 110 numbers of traffic signs are given with their meanings and symbolic images(All sign’s meanings are given in the following video). Following are the all traffic signs as per IRC.

[110] Traffic Signs or Road Signs in India
Traffic Signs in India

You need to know these traffic signs to pass the test/exam which is held in India for getting a driving license. Around 40 to 60 % of question comes from these signs. And, I’m sure you will be able to answer all the questions which come from traffic signs after viewing this full article or watching the following video carefully.

Read Also: Traffic Signs – MCQ

What are The Necessity of Road Signs?

The necessity of road signs or traffic signs are as follows:

  1. To give timely warning of hazardous situations.
  2. To regulate the traffic.
  3. To provide safety to the traffic.
  4. To expedite the traffic.
  5. To guide the traffic by supplying information about directions and point of interest.

Different Types of Traffic Signs

In India, as per IRC the road signs or traffic signs are broadly classified into the following categories:

a) Cautionary or warning signs

b) Regulatory signs

These are further classified as

  • Prohibitory signs
  • Mandatory Signs

c) Informatory Signs

Informatory signs are also further divided into three categories:

  • Indication Signs
  • Direction and Advance direction signs
  • Place and route identification signs

Read Also: Types of Roads

a) Cautionary or Warning Signs

These road signs are used to warn the road users of certain hazardous situations on and adjacent to the roadway. in the case of a plain or rolling terrain area, a warning sign on a highway (Nation or state highway)is fixed in advance from the point of danger at a distance of 120 m, and, 60 m in case of hilly terrain area. According to IRC warning signs are of the following types.

Following are the 43 warning signs with their names and symbolic image:

1. Barrier Ahead

Symbolic image of “Barrier Ahead” sign.

Cautionary or Warning road  Signs or traffic signs - Barrier Ahead || symbolic image of "Barrier Ahead" Sign
Traffic Signs – ‘Barrier Ahead‘ Sign

Barrier Ahead sign meaning: Barrier Ahead is a cautionary or warning sign. This sign indicates or warns the drivers that there is a barrier ahead on the road and the vehicle must stop there.

2. Cattle

Symbolic image of “Cattle” sign.

Cautionary or Warning road  Signs or traffic signs - Cattle || symbolic image of "Cattle" Sign
Cattle’ sign

3. Crossing Roads

Symbolic image of “Crossing Roads” sign.

Cautionary or Warning road  Signs or traffic signs - Crossing Roads || symbolic image of "Crossing Roads" Sign
Crossing Roads’ Sign

4. Cycle Crossing

Symbolic image of “Cycle Crossing” sign.

Cautionary or Warning road  Signs or traffic signs - Cycle Crossing || symbolic image of "Cycle Crossing" Sign
Cycle Crossing’ Sign

5. Dangerous Dip

Symbolic image of “Dangerous Dip” sign.

Cautionary or Warning road  Signs or traffic signs - Dangerous Dip || symbolic image of "Dangerous Dip" Sign
Dangerous Dip’ Sign

6. Falling Rocks

Symbolic image of “Falling Rocks” sign.

Cautionary or Warning road  Signs or traffic signs - Falling Rocks || symbolic image of "Falling Rocks" Sign
Falling Rocks‘ Sign

7. Ferry

Symbolic image of “Ferry” sign.

Cautionary or Warning road  Signs or traffic signs - Ferry || symbolic image of "Ferry" Sign
Ferry‘ Sign

Ferry sign Meaning and Location: A ferry sign is used to indicate that there is a ferry crossing across a river. It is recommended that pair of signs be used for this purpose. One sign should be placed in an advanced position, and the other near the ferry. The first sign is placed around 200 m away from the ferry, and the second sign is placed around 50 to 100 m away from the ferry.

8. Gap in Median

Symbolic image of “Gap in Median” sign.

Cautionary or Warning road  Signs or traffic signs - Gap in Median || symbolic image of "Gap in Median" Sign
Gap in Median‘ Sign

9. Guarded Railway Crossing

Symbolic image of “Guarded Railway Crossing” sign.

Guarded railway crossing Sign
Guarded Railway Crossing Sign

10. Unguarded Railway Crossing

Symbolic image of “Unguarded Railway Crossing” sign.

Symbolic image of "Unguarded Railway Crossing" sign
Unguarded Railway Crossing‘ Sign

11. Major Road Ahead

Symbolic image of “Major Road Ahead” sign.

Major Road ahead sign
Traffic Signs – ‘Major Road Ahead‘ sign

12. Men at Work

Symbolic image of “Men at Work” sign.

Mean at work sign
Men at work’ sign

13. Narrow Bridge

Symbolic image of “Narrow Bridge” sign.

Narrow bridge sign
Narrow Bridge’ sign

14. Pedestrian Crossing

Symbolic image of “Pedestrian Crossing” sign.

Pedestrian crossing Sign
Pedestrian crossing‘ sign

15. Right Hand Left Hand Curve

Symbolic image of “Right Hand Curve” sign.

Right hand curve sign
Right Hand Curve’ sign

Symbolic image of “Left Hand Curve” sign.

Left hand curve sign
Left Hand Curve’ sign

16. Right/Left Hairpin Bend

Symbolic image of ” Right Hairpin Bend” sign.

Symbolic image of "Hairpin Bend" sign
‘Right Hairpin Bend’ sign

Symbolic image of ‘Left Hairpin Bend’ sign.

Left Hairpin Bend’ sign

Meaning of ‘Left Hairpin Bend’ sign: These signs warn the driver about the presence of the sharp left turn ahead on the road. It gives time to the driver in order to manage the sharp turn by reducing the speed of the vehicle.

17. School

Symbolic image of “School” sign.

Symbolic image of "School" sign
School’ sign

18. Staggered Intersection

Symbolic image of “Staggered Intersection” sign.

Staggered intersection Sign
Staggered Intersection’ sign

19. T-Intersection

Symbolic image of “T-Intersection” sign.

Symbolic image of "T-Intersection" sign
T-Intersection‘ Sign

20. Y-Intersection

Symbolic image of “Y-Intersection” sign.

Symbolic image of "Y-Intersection" sign
Y-Intersection‘ Sign

21. Roundabout

Symbolic image of “Roundabout” sign.

Symbolic image of "Roundabout" sign
Traffic Signs – ‘Roundabout‘ Sign

22. Rumble Strip

Symbolic image of “Rumble Strip” sign.

Symbolic image of "Rumble Strip" sign
Rumble Strip‘ Sign

23. Speed Breaker Ahead

Symbolic image of “Speed Breaker Ahead” sign.

Cautionary or Warning road  Signs or traffic signs - Speed Breaker Ahead  || symbolic image of "Speed Breaker Ahead " Sign
Speed Breaker Ahead‘ Sign

24. Traffic Signal Ahead

Symbolic image of “Traffic Signal Ahead” sign.

Cautionary or Warning road  Signs or traffic signs - Traffic Signal Ahead   || symbolic image of "Traffic Signal Ahead " Sign
Traffic Signal Ahead‘ Sign

25. Runway Ahead

Symbolic image of “Runway Ahead” sign.

Cautionary or Warning road  Signs or traffic signs - Runway Ahead || symbolic image of "Runway Ahead" Sign
Runway Ahead‘ Sign

26. End of Dual Carriageway

Symbolic image of “End of Dual Carriageway” sign.

End of Dual Carriageway‘ Sign

27. Steep Ascent/ Descent.

Symbolic image of “Steep Ascent” sign.

Cautionary or Warning road  Signs or traffic signs -  Steep Ascent  || symbolic image of " Steep Ascent" Sign
Steep Ascent‘ Sign

And,

Symbolic image of “Steep Descent” sign.

Cautionary or Warning road  Signs or traffic signs -  Steep Descent || symbolic image of " Steep Descent" Sign
Steep Descent‘ Sign

28. Narrow Road Ahead

Symbolic image of “Narrow Road Ahead” sign.

Cautionary or Warning road  Signs or traffic signs - Narrow Road Ahead || symbolic image of "Narrow Road Ahead" Sign

29. Road widens Ahead

The symbolic image of “Road widens Ahead” sing.

Cautionary or Warning road  Signs or traffic signs -  Road widens Ahead  || symbolic image of "Road widens Ahead" Sign
Road widens Ahead‘ Sign

30. Slippery Road

Symbolic image of “Slippery Road” sign.

Cautionary or Warning road  Signs or traffic signs - Slippery Road || symbolic image of "Slippery Road" Sign
Slippery Road‘ Sign

31. Loose Gravel

Symbolic image of “Loose Gravel” sign.

Cautionary or Warning road  Signs or traffic signs - Loose Gravel || symbolic image of "Loose Gravel" Sign
Loose Gravel‘ Sign

32. Side Road

Symbolic image of “Side Road Right” sign.

Cautionary or Warning road  Signs or traffic signs - Side Road Right || symbolic image of "Side Road Right" Sign
Side Road Right‘ Sign

Symbolic image of “Side Road Left” sign.

Cautionary or Warning road  Signs or traffic signs - Side Road Left || symbolic image of "Side Road Left" Sign
Side Road Left‘ Sign

33. Start of Dual Carriageway

Symbolic image of “Start of Dual Carriageway” sign.

Cautionary or Warning road  Signs or traffic signs - Start of Dual Carriageway || symbolic image of "Start of Dual Carriageway" Sign
Traffic Signs – ‘Start of Dual Carriageway‘ Sign

34. Series of Bends

Symbolic image of “Series of Bends” sign.

Cautionary or Warning road  Signs or traffic signs - Series of Bends || symbolic image of "Series of Bends" Sign
Traffic signs – ‘Series of Bends‘ Sign

35. Overhead Cables Ahead

Symbolic image of “Overhead Cables Ahead” sign.

Cautionary or Warning road  Signs or traffic signs - Overhead Cables Ahead || symbolic image of "Overhead Cables Ahead" Sign
Overhead Cables Ahead‘ Sign

36. Quayside or River Bank

Symbolic image of “Quayside or River Bank” sign.

Cautionary or Warning road  Signs or traffic signs - Quayside or River Bank || symbolic image of "Quayside or River Bank" Sign
Quayside or River Bank‘ Sign

37. Two Way Operation Ahead

Symbolic image of “Two Way Operation Ahead” sign.

Cautionary or Warning road  Signs or traffic signs - Two Way Operation Ahead || symbolic image of "Two Way Operation Ahead" Sign
Two Way Operation Ahead‘ Sign

38. Lane Closure Ahead

Symbolic image of “Lane Closure Ahead” sign.

Cautionary or Warning road  Signs or traffic signs - Lane Closure Ahead || symbolic image of "Lane Closure Ahead" Sign
Lane Closure Ahead‘ Sign

39. Traffic Diversion on Dual Carriageway

Symbolic image of “Traffic Diversion on Dual Carriageway” sign.

Cautionary or Warning road  Signs or traffic signs - Traffic Diversion on Dual Carriageway || symbolic image of "Traffic Diversion on Dual Carriageway" Sign
Traffic Diversion on Dual Carriageway‘ Sign

40. Sudden Side Winds Ahead

Symbolic image of “Sudden Side Winds Ahead” sign.

Cautionary or Warning road  Signs or traffic signs - Sudden Side Winds Ahead || symbolic image of "Sudden Side Winds Ahead" Sign
Sudden Side Winds Ahead‘ Sign

41. Reduced Carriageway

Symbolic image of “Reduced Carriageway” sign.

Cautionary or Warning road  Signs or traffic signs - Reduced Carriageway  || symbolic image of "Reduced Carriageway " Sign
Traffic Signs – ‘Reduced Carriageway‘ Sign

42. Rough Road

Symbolic image of “Rough Road” sign.

Cautionary or Warning road  Signs or traffic signs - Rough Road || symbolic image of "Rough Road" Sign
Rough Road‘ Sign

Important as MCQ: Road sign indicating ‘rough road’ is a Cautionary or Warning Signs.

43. Right/Left Reverse Bend

Symbolic image of “Left Reverse Bend” sign.

Cautionary or Warning road  Signs or traffic signs - Left Reverse Bend || symbolic image of "Left Reverse Bend" Sign
Left Reverse Bend‘ Sign

Symbolic image of “Right Reverse Bend” sign.

Cautionary or Warning road  Signs or traffic signs - Right Reverse Bend || symbolic image of "Right Reverse Bend" Sign
Right Reverse Bend‘ Sign

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b) Mandatory or Regulatory Signs

These road signs are used to inform Road user about certain laws, regulations, prohibition or restrictions which have to be complied with and any case of non-compliance are liable to legal action. According to IRC some of the mandatory signs are as follows:

38 Mandatory or Regulatory Signs or Prohibited signs - Traffic signs or Road signs
Traffic Signs – Mandatory or Regulatory Signs

Following are the 38 mandatory signs with their names and symbol image:

1. Give Way

Symbol image of “Give Way” sign.

'Give Way' sign
Give Way’ sign

2. Stop

Symbol image of “Stop” sign.

Mandatory or Regulatory road  Signs or traffic signs - Stop || symbolic image of "Stop" Sign
Stop’ sign

3. All Motor Vehicles Prohibited

Symbol image of “All Motor Vehicles Prohibited” sign.

Mandatory or Regulatory road  Signs or traffic signs - All Motor Vehicles Prohibited || symbolic image of "All Motor Vehicles Prohibited" Sign
All Motor Vehicles Prohibited‘ sign

4. Trucks Prohibited

Symbol image of “Trucks Prohibited” sign.

Mandatory or Regulatory road  Signs or traffic signs - Trucks Prohibited || symbolic image of "Trucks Prohibited" Sign
Trucks Prohibited‘ sign

5. Bullock Cart Prohibited

Symbol image of “Bullock Cart Prohibited” sign.

Mandatory or Regulatory road  Signs or traffic signs - Bullock Cart Prohibited || symbolic image of "Bullock Cart Prohibited" Sign
Bullock Cart Prohibited‘ Sign

6. Hand Cart Prohibited

Symbol image of “Hand Cart Prohibited” sign.

Mandatory or Regulatory road  Signs or traffic signs - Hand Cart Prohibited || symbolic image of "Hand Cart Prohibited" Sign
Hand Cart Prohibited‘ Sign

7. Bullock and Hand Cart Prohibited

Symbolic image of “Bullock and Hand Cart Prohibited” sign.

Mandatory or Regulatory road  Signs or traffic signs - Bullock and Hand Cart Prohibited || symbolic image of "Bullock and Hand Cart Prohibited" Sign
Bullock and Hand Cart Prohibited‘ Sign

8. Tongas Prohibited

Symbol image of “Tongas Prohibited” sign.

Mandatory or Regulatory road  Signs or traffic signs - Tongas Prohibited || symbolic image of "Tongas Prohibited" Sign
Tongas Prohibited‘ sign

9. Cycle Prohibited

Symbol image of “Cycle Prohibited” sign.

Symbol image of "Cycle Prohibited" sign
Traffic Signs – ‘Cycle Prohibited‘ sign

10. Pedestrian Prohibited

Symbol image of “Pedestrian Prohibited” sign.

Symbol image of "Pedestrian Prohibited" sign
Pedestrian Prohibited‘ sign

11. Horn Prohibited

Symbol image of “Horn Prohibited” sign.

Symbol image of "Horn Prohibited" sign
Traffic signs – ‘Horn Prohibited‘ sign

12. One Way

Symbol image of “One Way” sign.

Symbol image of "One Way" sign
One Way‘ sign

13. Vehicle Prohibited in Both Directions

Symbol image of “Vehicle Prohibited in Both Direction” sign.

Symbol image of "Vehicle Prohibited in Both Direction" sign
Vehicle prohibited in both direction‘ sign

14. Overtaking Prohibited

Symbol image of “Overtaking Prohibited” sign.

Symbol image of "Overtaking Prohibited" sign
Overtaking Prohibited’ sign

15. No Entry

Symbol image of “No Entry” sign.

Symbol image of "No entry" sign
No Entry’ sign

16. U-turn Prohibited

Symbol image of “U-turn Prohibited” sign.

Symbol image of "U-turn Prohibited"
U-turn Prohibited‘ Sign

U-turn Prohibited sign meaning: This sign Informs the driver not to take a U-turn at this intersection, as it may cause traffic jams or accidents.

17. Left Turn Prohibited

Symbol image of “Left Turn Prohibited” sign.

Symbol image of "Left Turn Prohibited" sign
Left Turn Prohibited‘ sign

Left Turn Prohibited sign meaning: This sign informs the driver not to turn towards the left under any circumstances.

18. Right Turn Prohibited

Symbol image of “Right Turn Prohibited” sign.

Symbol image of "Right Turn Prohibited" sign
Traffic signs – ‘Right Turn Prohibited‘ sign

Right Turn Prohibited sign meaning: This sign informs the driver not to turn towards the right under any circumstances.

19. No Parking

Symbol image of “No Parking” sign.

Symbol image of "No Parking" sign
Traffic Signs in India – ‘No Parking’ Sign

No Parking sign meaning: These signs prohibit the parking of vehicles in certain places.

20. No Stopping or Standing

Symbol image of “No Stopping or Standing” sign.

Symbol image of "No Stopping or Standing" sign
No Stopping or StandingSign

No Stopping or Standing sign meaning: These signs prohibit vehicles from stopping or standing in certain places. Stopping vehicles at certain places can interrupt the flow of traffic or cause accidents.

21. Axle Load Limit

Symbol image of “Axle Load Limit” sign.

Symbol image of "Axle Load Limit" sign
Axle Load Limit‘ Sign

22. Load Limit

Symbol image of “Load Limit” sign

Symbol image of "Load Limit" sign
Load Limit‘ Sign

Load Limit Sign Meaning: This sign indicates that vehicles weighing more than the ‘board limit’ are not permitted to use the road, as there may be a bridge or the road may not carry more than the ‘board limit’.

23. Speed Limit

Symbol image of “Speed Limit” sign

Symbol image of "Speed Limit" sign
Speed Limit’ Sign

Important as MCQ: A road sign indicating “speed limit” is a mandatory or regulatory sign.

Read Also:- Recommended Design Speed on Rural Roads

24. Width Limit

Symbol image of “Width Limit” sign.

Symbol image of "Width limit" sign
Width Limit‘ sign

25. Height Limit

Symbol image of “Height Limit” sign.

Symbol image of "Height Limit" sign
Traffic Signs – ‘Height Limit‘ sign

26. Length Limit

Symbol image of “Length Limit” sign. This sign is used to indicate the ‘length limit’.

Symbol image of "Length Limit" sign
Length Limit‘ Sign

27. Compulsory Sound Horn

Symbol image of “Compulsory Sound Horn” sign.

Symbol image of "Compulsory Sound Horn" sign
Compulsory Sound Horn’ sign

28. Compulsory Keep Left

Symbol image of “Compulsory Keep Left” sign.

Symbol image of "Compulsory Keep Left" sign
Compulsory Keep Left’ sign

29. Compulsory Ahead or Turn Left

Symbol image of “Compulsory Ahead or Turn Left” sign.

Symbol image of "Compulsory Ahead or Turn Left" sign
Compulsory Ahead or Turn Left‘ sign

30. Compulsory Ahead or Turn Right

Symbol image of “Compulsory Ahead or Turn Right” sign.

Symbol image of "Compulsory Ahead or Turn Right" sign
Compulsory Ahead or Turn Right‘ sign

31. Compulsory Turn Left

Symbol image of “Compulsory Turn Left” sign.

Symbol image of "Compulsory Turn Left" sign
Compulsory Turn Left’ sign

32. Compulsory Turn Right

Symbol image of “Compulsory Turn Right” sign.

Symbol image of "Compulsory Turn Right" sign
Compulsory Turn Right‘ Sign

33. Compulsory Ahead Only

Symbol image of the “Compulsory Ahead Only” sign.

Symbol image of "Compulsory Ahead Only" sign
Traffic Signs – ‘Compulsory Ahead Only‘ Sign

34. Compulsory Cycle Track

Symbol image of “Compulsory Cycle Track” sign.

Symbol image of "Compulsory Cycle Track" sign
Compulsory Cycle Track‘ Sign

35. Pedestrian Only

Symbol image of “Pedestrian Only” sign.

Symbol image of "Pedestrian Only" sign
Pedestrian Only‘ Sign

36. Buses Only

Symbol image of “Buses Only” sign.

Symbol image of "Buses Only" sign
Buses Only‘ Sign

37. Restriction Ends

Symbol image of “Restriction Ends” sign.

Symbol image of "Restriction Ends" sign
Restriction Ends‘ Sign

Restriction Ends sign meaning: The restriction sign is used to indicate that there is no valid route beyond this point.

38. Compulsory Bus Stop

Symbol image of “Compulsory Bus Stop” sign.

Symbol image of "Compulsory Bus Stop" sign
Compulsory Bus Stop‘ Sign

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c) Informatory Signs

These road signs are used to provide guidance to the road users in respect of direction and place identification, facilities like a petrol pump, parking etc. as per IRC some of the informatory signs are as follows:

Following are the 30 Informatory road signs with their symbolic image:

1. Direction

Symbolic image of “Direction” sign.

Informatory Road Signs or traffic signs - Direction || Symbolic image of "Direction" sign ||
Traffic Signs – ‘Direction‘ Sign

2. Destination

Symbolic image of “Destination” sign.

Informatory Road Signs or traffic signs - Destination || Symbolic image of "Destination" sign ||
Destination‘ Sign

3. Place Identification

Symbolic image of “Place Identification” sign.

Informatory Road Signs or traffic signs - Place Identification || Symbolic image of "Place Identification" sign ||
Place Identification‘ Sign

4. Reassurance

Symbolic image of “Reassurance” sign.

Informatory Road Signs or traffic signs - Reassurance || Symbolic image of "Reassurance" sign ||
Reassurance‘ Sign

5. Truck Lay Bye

Symbolic image of “Truck Lay Bye” sign.

Informatory Road Signs or traffic signs - Truck Lay Bye || Symbolic image of "Truck Lay Bye" sign ||
Truck Lay Bye‘ Sign

Truck Lay Bye sign meaning: The truck lay-bye sign is an Informatory sign, used to inform the truck driver that there are facilities such as taking food or repairing or refuelling their Turks. So, they can stop or park their truck at this point.

6. Toll Booth Ahead

Symbolic image of “Toll Booth Ahead” sign.

Informatory Road Signs or traffic signs - Toll Booth Ahead || Symbolic image of "Toll Booth Ahead" sign ||
Toll Booth Ahead‘ Sign

7. Hospital

Symbolic image of “Hospital” sign.

Informatory Road Signs - Hospita || Symbolic image of "Hospital" sign ||
Hospital‘ Sign

8. Petrol Pump

Symbol image of “Petrol Pump” sign.

Informatory Road Signs - Petrol Pump || Symbolic image of "Petrol Pump" sign ||
Petrol Pump‘ Sign

9. Public Telephone

Symbolic image of “Public Telephone” sign.

Informatory Road Signs - Public Telephone || Symbolic image of "Public Telephone" sign ||
Public Telephone‘ Sign

10. First Aid Post

Symbolic image of “First Aid Post ” sign.

Informatory Road Signs - First Aid Post  || Symbolic image of "First Aid Post " sign ||
Traffic Signs – ‘First Aid Post‘ Sign

11. Eating Place

Symbolic image of “Eating Place” sign.

Informatory Road Signs - Eating Place || Symbolic image of "Eating Place" sign ||
Eating Place‘ Sign

12. Light Refreshment

Symbolic image of “Light Refreshment” sign.

Informatory Road Signs - Light Refreshment || Symbolic image of "Light Refreshment " sign ||
Light Refreshment‘ Sign

13. Resting Place

Symbolic image of “Resting Place” sign.

Informatory Road Signs - Resting Place || Symbolic image of "Resting Place" sign ||
Resting Place‘ Sign

14. Parking Signs.

Symbolic image of “Parking Signs” sign.

Informatory Road Signs - Parking Signs || Symbolic image of "Parking Signs" sign ||
Parking Signs‘ Sign

This sign is used to indicate that there is a facility for parking on the side of the road.

15. Taxi Stand

Symbolic image of “Taxi Stand” sign.

Informatory Road Signs or traffic signs - Taxi Stand || Symbolic image of "Taxi Stand" sign ||
Taxi Stand‘ Sign

16. Cycle Stand

Symbolic image of “Cycle Stand” sign.

Informatory Road Signs or traffic signs - Cycle Stand || Symbolic image of "Cycle Stand" sign ||
Cycle Stand‘ Sign

17. Cycle-Rickshaw Stand

Symbolic image of “Cycle-Rickshaw Stand” sign.

Informatory Road Signs or traffic signs - Cycle-Rickshaw Stand || Symbolic image of "Cycle-Rickshaw Stand" sign ||
Cycle-Rickshaw Stand‘ Sign

18. Auto Rickshaw Stand

Symbolic image of “Auto Rickshaw Stand” sign.

Informatory Road Signs or traffic signs - Auto Rickshaw Stand || Symbolic image of "Auto Rickshaw Stand" sign ||
Auto Rickshaw Stand‘ Sign

19. Parking This side

Symbolic image of “Parking This side” sign.

Informatory Road Signs or traffic signs - Parking This side || Symbolic image of "Parking This side" sign ||
Parking This side‘ Sign

20. Parking on Both Sides

Symbolic image of “Parking Both Side” sign.

Informatory Road Signs - Parking Both Side || Symbolic image of "Parking Both Side" sign ||
Parking Both Side‘ Sign

21. No Through Road

Symbolic image of “No Through Road” sign.

Informatory Road Signs - No Through Road  || Symbolic image of "No Through Road" sign ||
Traffic Signs – ‘No Through Road‘ Sign

22. No Through Side Road

Symbolic image of “No Through Side Road” sign.

Informatory Road Signs - No Through Side Road  || Symbolic image of "No Through Side Road " sign ||
No Through Side Road‘ Sign

23. Pedestrian Subway

Symbolic image of “Pedestrian Subway” sign.

Informatory Road Signs or traffic signs - Pedestrian Subway || Symbolic image of "Pedestrian Subway" sign ||
Pedestrian Subway‘ Sign

24. Repair Facilities

Symbolic image of “Repair Facilities” sign.

Informatory Road Signs or traffic signs - Repair Facilities || Symbolic image of "Repair Facilities" sign ||
Repair Facilities‘ Sign

This sign is used to indicate the places where the repair facilities are situated.

25. Airport

Symbolic image of “Airport” sign.

Informatory Road Signs or traffic signs - Airport  || Symbolic image of "Airport " sign ||
Airport‘ Sign

26. Police Station

Symbolic image of “Police Station” sign.

Informatory Road Signs or traffic signs - Railway Station  || Symbolic image of "Railway Station" sign ||
Police Station‘ Sign

The sign is used to indicate the police station near the road.

27. Railway Station

Symbolic image of “Railway Station” sign.

Informatory Road Signs or traffic signs - Airport  || Symbolic image of "Airport " sign ||
Railway Station‘ Sign

The sign is used to indicate the railway station located near the road.

28. Bus Lane Signs

Symbolic image of “Bus Lane” sign.

Informatory Road Signs or traffic signs - Bus Lane || Symbolic image of "Bus Lane " sign ||
Bus Lane‘ Sign

29. Bus Stop

Symbolic image of “Bus Stop” sign.

Informatory Road Signs or traffic signs - Bus Stop || Symbolic image of "Bus Stop" sign ||
Bus Stop‘ Sign

30. Flood Gauge

Symbolic image of “Flood Gauge” sign.

Informatory Road Signs or traffic signs - Flood Gauge || Symbolic image of "Flood Gauge" sign ||
Traffic Signs – ‘Flood Gauge‘ Sign

Flood Gauge Sign Meaning: A flood gauge sign is used to indicate the height of the flood above the road level. This type of sign is used on roadways where there is a chance of frequent flooding. Generally, this sign is installed at causeways and submersible bridges and culverts to warn the road users about the height of the flood above the road level.


Size of signs

Three sizes of regulatory and warning signs have been specified, namely

(i) Small size
(ii) Normal size and
(iii) Large size.

The small size signs are 600 mm in size, normal signs are 900 mm and large signs are 1200 mm in size. The size refers to the diameter of the circular signs or the height of the octagonal sign or the side of the triangular sign.

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Placement of the signs

The traffic signs should be located in such a way that they can be seen by the road users moving at the design speed. In the case of the road with kerbs, the transverse location of the traffic signs should be such that the edge of the sign is not less than 0.6 m away from the edge of the kerb. In the case of roads without kerbs, the nearest edge of the sign may be 2.0 to 3.0 m from the edge of the carriageway.

General Principles of Traffic Signs

Following are the general principles of traffic signs:

i) Traffic signs should be installed only by the authority of law. Unofficial and non-essential signs should not be allowed.

ii) For providing a sense of respect towards signs, accurate implementation measures should be initiated.

iii) Signs should be put up only after traffic engineering studies and sound engineering judgment.

iv) Excessive use of road signs should not be allowed. A conservative use of regulatory & warning signs is recommended. Excessive use of traffic signs leads to losing their effectiveness.

Maintenance of Traffic Signs

The traffic signs should maintenance in a required manner, not only signs but also post shall be maintained to their proper position. All traffic signs should be inspected at least twice a year both in day and night time.

The painting on signs should be done periodically. It is necessary to keep an eye on whether the signs are covered in any way. If any sign is demolished or damaged in any way, they need to be replaced immediately.

Materials Used For Traffic Signs

Different components of traffic signs such as posts, mounting, plates, supports, types and their grades have been made available by BIS and ASTM.

FAQs

What is the location of warning signs?

The warning signs should be located at the following distance in advance of hazardous condition.

1. In urban areas: 50 meters in advance of hazardous condition.

2. In Non-urban areas: as per below table

Sl. NoTypes of RoadsDistance for plain & rolling terrainDistance for hilly & mountainous terrain
1.National highway and State highway12060
2. Major district roads9050
3. Other district roads6040
4.Village roads4030

Where the small sizes of signs are preferred?

The small sizes of traffic signs are usually placed on minor roads where the design speed is less than 60 km per hour.

Where the normal sizes of signs are preferred?

The normal sizes of traffic signs are installed on major roads and urban roads where the design speeds are in the range of 60 to 100 km/h

Where the large sizes of signs are preferred?

The large size of traffic signs is usually placed on expressways and on urban arterial roads where the design speeds cross the limit of 100 km/h.

What is the use or meaning of ‘no parking’ sign?

No parking‘ sign is intended to prevent the parking of vehicles at that location. A definition plate may be attached with this to indicate the parking restraint or limitation with respect to days, distance, date, etc.

What is the use of the ‘Stop’ Sign?

The ‘stop’ sign is used to stop all the vehicles before the stop line. A stop sign is meant to stop the vehicles entering a road from other roads.

What is the use of the ‘Give Way’ Sign?

‘Give Way’ Sign is used to assign right-of-way to traffic on certain approaches to an intersection.

Shape & size of the ‘Give Way’ Sign

The give way sign consists of a downward-pointing equilateral triangle having a border of red colour and white colour background. The width of the red border is 70 mm. For standard size, the side of the triangle is 900 mm, and 600 mm for reduced size. A definition plate which carries the message ”Give way” may be used in combination with this sign.

What are the 3 types of traffic signs?

As per IRC(Indian Road Congress) road signs or traffic signs are broadly classified into the 3 categories:

  1. Warning Signs
  2. Regulatory Signs
  3. Informatory Signs

What is the meaning of the ‘Compulsory sound horn’ sign?

This sign indicates that the motor vehicles must compulsorily blow the horn at that position, for example at sharp curves on hill roads.

What is the meaning of the ‘Pedestrians only’ sign?

This sign meant that only pedestrians can move, and other traffic is not allowed to move on this road. A definition plate may be used with this sign which carries the message ‘PEDESTRIANS ONLY’

What does the airport sign indicate?

The airport sign is installed to indicate the nearby airport.

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