Regulatory Sign; Color, Purpose & Examples

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In this article we will be discussing on Regulatory signs.

First of all,

What is a Regulatory Sign

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Regulatory sign are signs used to indicate or reinforce traffic laws, regulations or requirements which apply either at all times, specified times, placed upon a street or highway.

It also defined by FHWA (Federal High Way Administration – US.) as “a sign that gives notice to road users of traffic laws or regulations”.

When this signs are disregard it constitute a violation. Regulatory signs include Stop Signs, Yield Signs, Speed Limit Signs, Do Not Enter, Handicapped, One Way Signs and HOV Signs.

Read Also: Stop Sign; Purpose, Placement & Its Origin

Regulatory Sign Color & Shape

This explains how to identify the regulatory sign.

Regulatory traffic signs follow international conventions, usually being:

  • White circle or rectangle with red border and black pictogram and/or words
  • Blue circle or rectangle with white border and white pictogram
  • Red rectangle with white border and white writing
  • Red octagon with white border and white writing

Purpose of the Regulatory Sign

It helps indicate and reinforce traffic laws and regulations which apply either permanently or at specified times or places.

This sign tells you about specific laws that you must obey, such as rules for traffic direction, lane use, turning, speed, parking, and other special situations.

Read Also: Warning Sign Meaning, Importance & Examples

10 Examples of Regulatory Signs

1. STOP SIGN

2. NO LEFT TURN

3. NO “U” TURN

4. NO OVERTAKING

5. NO ENTRY FOR LORRIES

6. NO HORN

7. SPEED LIMIT

8. NO ENTRY FOR VEHICLES EXCEEDING 12 METRIC TONNES LADEN LOAD

9. NO ENTRY FOR ALL VEHICLES

10. PARKING PROHIBITED (8.30AM TO 5.30PM)

Read Also: Yield Sign: What Does It Mean, Purpose & Placement

The list is not exhaustive as there are other regulatory signs not mentioned here. Follow the sign structure and colour to identify other similar signs.

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