Traffic Signs

Symbolic Signs

Symbolic signs

Name: Traffic signals ahead. (W301, TW301)
Where: On any road before a intersection with traffic light.
Purpose: To warn that there are isolated and particularly new traffic lights or traffic lights near an isolated traffic light at a pedestrian crossing ahead.
Action: Slow down immediately and be ready to stop if the light changes from green to amber. Make sure there are no pedestrians or cross-traffic who might not obey the signals.

Name: Traffic control “STOP” ahead (W302, TW302)
Where: On any road before a intersection with a stop sign.
Purpose: To warn that there is a stop sign ahead, which cannot be seen in time.
Action: Slow down in good time and be ready to stop as required for sign R1.1.

Name: Traffic control “YIELD” ahead (W303, TW303)
Where: On any road.
Purpose: To warn that there is a yield sign ahead, which you may not be able to see in time without a warning.
Action: Slow down and be ready to stop if necessary.

Name: Traffic control ahead (TW304)
Where: On any road but especially in rural areas near schools.
Purpose: Indicate that there is a traffic officer ahead controlling the traffic.
Action: Slow down and be ready to stop the vehicle if the officer instructs you to do so.

Name: Scholar patrol ahead (TW305)
Where: On any road near schools.
Purpose: Indicate that there is a scholar patrol operating ahead.
Action: Slow down and look out for a stop sign displayed by the scholar patrol. Look out at all times for children who may suddenly cross the road.

Name: Pedestrian crossing (W306, TW306)
Where: On any road especially in rural areas.
Purpose: To warn that there is a demarcated pedestrian crossing ahead.
Action: Slow down and stop if a pedestrian is waiting at the crossing.
Do not overtake other vehicles that have stopped at the pedestrian crossing.

Name: Pedestrians (W307, TW307)
Where: On roads where there are more pedestrians than normally can be expected.
Purpose: To warn that pedestrians may be crossing the road for the next 2 km.
Action: Slow down and look out for pedestrians who may be crossing the road.

Name: Children (W308, TW308)
Where: On any road especially near schools, playgrounds and sports fields.
Purpose: To warn that children might be crossing the road.
Action: Slow down immediately and look out for children who could be crossing the road unexpectedly or even be playing the road.

Name: Pedal cyclists (W309, TW309)
Where: On any road.
Purpose: To warn the driver that there can be cyclists ahead.
Action: Slow down and be on the look out for cyclists using or crossing the road for the next 2 km.

Name: Domestic animals (W310, TW310, W311, TW311, W312, TW312)
Where: On any road.
Purpose: To warn that there may be free ranging animals such as cattle, horses or sheep on the road.
Action: Slow down and be on the look out for the next 2 km for animals.

Name: Wild animals (W313, TW313)
Where: Especially on rural roads.
Purpose: To warn that there may be wild animals on the road or crossing the road.
Action: Slow down and be on the look out for the next 2 km for wild animals.

Name: Gate (W314, TW314)
Where: At a railway crossing or roadway ahead.
Purpose: To warn that there is a gate or boom across the road ahead.
Action: Slow down and be prepared to stop should the gates be closing or are closed.

Name: Motor gate (W315, W316, W317)
Where: Especially on rural roads.
Purpose: To warn that there is a motor gate to the left or right or in the middle of the road.
Action: Slow down and make sure there is no oncoming traffic about to cross the same gate.

Name: Railway crossing (W318, TW318)
Where: On any road.
Purpose: To warn that there is a railway crossing ahead.
Action: Slow down and look to the right and left for oncoming trains. If a train is approaching stop in time, but not within the railway crossing reserve.

Name: Tunnel (W319)
Where: On any road especially in mountainous areas.
Purpose: To warn that there is a tunnel ahead.
Action: Slow down and switch your car’s headlights on in the dim position.

Name: Height restricted (W320, TW320)
Where: On any road.
Purpose: To warn that there is a structure ahead of which the height is indicated on the road traffic sign.
Action: If your vehicle is higher than the bridge or structure as indicated by this sign, find an alternative route

Name: Length restricted (W321, TW321)
Where: On any road but especially in mountainous areas.
Purpose: To warn that curves in the road or other structures on the side of the road make it impossible for vehicles longer than the length indicated on this road sign.
Action: Find an alternative route if your vehicle is longer that the length indicated in metres on this sign.

Name: Steep ascend and steep descend (W322, TW322, W323) TW323)
Where: On any road but especially in mountainous areas.
Purpose: To warn that the road will climb or descend steeply.
Action: Be aware of slow-moving traffic, particularly in mountainous areas with sharp curves. Allow for a longer stopping distance on a descent and especially when your vehicle is heavily laden.

Name: Slow-moving heavy vehicles (W324, TW324)
Where: Especially in mountainous areas.
Purpose: To warn that heavy vehicles travel slowly down a descent.
Action: Slow down and, particularly in mountainous areas with sharp curves, be able to stop within the distance you can see. Remember to allow for a longer stopping distance on a descent especially when your vehicle is heavily laden.

Name: Gravel road begins (W325, TW325)
Where: On any tarred road, especially in the vicinity of farms.
Purpose: To warn that the tarred road you are driving on will end soon and will have a gravel surface ahead.
Action: Slow down and look out for a ditches or potholes at the joint between the gravel and the tarred surface. Steering will be lighter on the gravel, vehicles will tend to skid easier and will need a longer stopping distance.

Name: Narrow bridge (W326, TW326)
Where: On any road.
Purpose: To warn that the road narrows when crossing a bridge.
Action: Slow down and, if there is oncoming traffic, try not to cross the bridge at the same time as an approaching vehicle.

Name: One vehicle width structure (W327, TW327)
Where: On any road.
Purpose: To warn that the carriageway ahead narrows to a width that will make it possible for only one vehicle at a time to pass.
Action: Slow down if there is oncoming traffic, stop at least 6m from the structure and yield to the other vehicle.

Name: Road narrows from both sides (W328, TW328)
Where: On any road.
Purpose: To warn that the road ahead narrows from both sides.
Action: Slow down and adjust your position on the carriageway since oncoming vehicles will pass close to you.

Name: Road narrows from one side only (W329, TW329, W330, TW330)
Where: On any road.
Purpose: To warn that the road ahead narrows from the left (W330, TW330) or from the right-hand (W329, TW329) side.
Action: Slow down and adjust your position on the roadway.

Name: Uneven roadway (W331, TW331)
Where: On any road.
Purpose: To warn that there is a depression or a ridge in the road, or that the road in general is uneven and potholed.
Action: Slow down to avoid potholes without endangering other traffic.

Name: Speed humps (W332, TW332)
Where: On any road.
Purpose: To warn that there are speed humps on the carriageway ahead which require a reduction of speed.
Action: Slow down so that you can drive over the speed humps without damaging your vehicle or losing control.

Name: Slippery road (W333, TW333)
Where: On any road.
Purpose: To warn about unusually slippery conditions on the road ahead.
Action: Slow down since any sudden braking or harsh steering could cause your vehicle to start skidding sooner than usual for the next 2 km.

Name: Falling rocks (W334, TW334, W335, TW335)
Where: Especially in mountainous areas.
Purpose: To warn that rocks could fall on the carriageway from the left (W334, TW334) or from the right-hand side (W335, TW335).
Action: Slow down to be able to stop within their sight distance if a fall occurs or has occurred. Such falls occur more often when it rains and therefore reduce your speed further since your stopping distance during rainy weather will be longer.

Name: Road works (TW336)
Where: On any road.
Purpose: To warn that there are temporary construction or maintenance works ahead.
Action: Slow down and look out for other temporary road traffic signs, people regulating the traffic or who might be crossing the road.

Name: Grader working (TW337)
Where: On any road.
Purpose: To warn that a grader is working on the carriageway ahead.
Action: Slow down and drive slowly past the grader. The full width of the road may not be available and there could be sand or gravel on the carriageway that could affect the handling of their vehicles.

Name: Loose stones (TW338)
Where: On any road.
Purpose: To warn that there are loose stones or gravel on the road.
Action: Slow down and be aware that oncoming vehicles could throw up stones that could cause damage. Your vehicle’s braking and turning capacity could also be affected negatively.

Name: General warning (W339, TW339)
Where: On any road.
Purpose: To warn that there is danger of some kind ahead.
Action: Slow down and look out for anything on or next to the carriageway that could cause you to change speed or direction.

Name: Surface step (TW340, TW341)
Where: On any road.
Purpose: To warn that the level of the right-hand side of the carriageway is higher than the left-hand side (TW340), or the left-hand side of the carriageway is higher than the right-hand side (TW341).
Action: Slow down and be aware that your vehicle may tend to the left or right if you straddle the step between the higher and lower level. Because of the ridge vehicles may also be slow to return to the higher level and could react suddenly if the wheel mounts the ridge. Do not make any sudden jerking steering motions, because it could cause you to lose control completely.

Name: Soft shoulder (TW342)
Where: On any road.
Purpose: To warn that the material of the road shoulder may be softer than reasonably expected and could be dangerous for anyone who wants to move of the road.
Action: Do not drive or stop on the shoulder. If this is unavoidable, for example to avoid a collision, slow down as much as possible because the vehicle will pull in the direction of the shoulder when you move off the road.

Name: Stop/Ry-Go control ahead (TW343)
Where: On any road.
Purpose: To warn that traffic ahead is being controlled temporarily by a “Stop/Ry-Go” sign. To warn that there may be free ranging animals such as cattle, horses or sheep on the road.
Action: Slow down and get ready to stop.

Name: Truck crossing (W344, TW344) and (W345)(TW345)
Where: On any road.
Purpose: To warn that heavy vehicles regularly cross or join the road from the left or right.
Action: Look out for trucks that could force you to slow down. Slow down and look out for trucks that want to cross or join the road. Also look out for anything spilt or dropped on the road by the trucks like gravel, sand or water that could affect the handling of your vehicle.

Name: Emergency flashing light (W346, TW346)
Where: On any road.
Purpose: To warn of a hazard ahead.
Action: Slow down and look out for other road traffic signs that indicate a specific hazard.

Name: Temporary police flashing light (TW347)
Where: On any road.
Purpose: To warn about a temporary stop sign, a collision scene, roadblock or similar scene where police are on duty.
Action: Be ready to stop at the stop sign that follows after the flashing blue light or on demand of a police officer.

Name: Jetty edge or river bank (W348)
Where: On any road close to water, harbours.
Purpose: To warn that the road leads to a jetty edge or riverbank.
Action: Slow down and look out for the end of the road so that you can stop in time.

Name: Crosswinds (W349, TW349)
Where: On any the road especially in rural and mountainous areas.
Purpose: To warn about strong crosswinds that could force your vehicles off course.
Action: Determine if a wind is blowing and from which direction. Any shielding of the wind by a truck, bridge or excavation will affect your vehicle and you should adjust the steering in time.

Name: Drift (W350, TW350)
Where: On any road especially in rural areas.
Purpose: To warn the driver that there is a drift ahead and that the road could be flooded.
Action: Slow down and if it is not known how deep the water is, stop. If passable, drive through the water slowly.

Name: Low-flying aircraft (W351)
Where: on any road especially near airports.
Purpose: To warn of the possibility of low-flying aircraft and sudden aircraft noise near the road.
Action: Do not get a frightened and do not brake suddenly.

Name: Agricultural vehicles (W352)
Where: On any road especially in rural areas.
Purpose: To warn that tractors or other slow-moving agricultural vehicles could cross or enter the road ahead.
Action: Look out for agricultural vehicles and slow down of they want to cross the road or are crossing it.

Name: Collision (TW353)
Where: On any road.
Purpose: To warn the driver that -
  • the road ahead may be obstructed,
  • there could be pedestrians,
  • rescue teams and police or traffic officers controlling the traffic at the scene,
  • there could be wreckage, injured persons, animals or broken glass on the road surface.
Action: Slow down immediately, look out for someone controlling the traffic and be ready to stop. If there is enough or professional help on the scene, do not stop out of curiosity. Do not look at the collision scene or wreckage, concentrate on the route to be followed without driving over or into anything.

Name: Reduced visibility (W354, TW354)
Where: On any road where there is fog or smoke.
Purpose: To warn that there is a possibility reduced visibility on the road ahead that might cause a hazard to road users.
Action: Look out for Fog or smoke and slow down. Be on the look out for other slow moving vehicles.

Name: Congestion (W355, TW355)
Where: On any road.
Purpose: To warn that there is a possibility of congested traffic.
Action: Look out for slow moving vehicle and adapt speed accordingly.

Name: Horses and riders (W356, TW356)
Where: On any road.
Purpose: To warn that there is a possibility of horses and riders being present on the road ahead.
Action: Look out for horses and riders ahead and be prepared to slow down or stop.

Name: Elephant (W357)
Where: On any road, especially in wildlife sanctuaries.
Purpose: To warn that there is a possibility of elephants being present on the road ahead.
Action: Look out for elephants ahead and be prepared to slow down or stop.

Name: Warthog (W358)
Where: On any road, especially in wildlife sanctuaries.
Purpose: To warn that there is a possibility of warthogs being present on the road ahead.
Action: Look out for warthogs ahead and be prepared to slow down or stop.

Name: Hippo (W359)
Where: On any road, especially in wildlife sanctuaries and rivers.
Purpose: To warn that there is a possibility of hippos being present on the road ahead.
Action: Look out for hippos ahead and be prepared to slow down or stop.

Name: Width (W360, TW360)
Where: On any road.
Purpose: To warn that there is overall width of vehicles restriction as indicated in metres on the road ahead.
Action: Do not continue of your vehicle is wider than indicated on the sign.

Name: Electrical shock (W361, TW361)
Where: On any road.
Purpose: To warn that there is a possibility of electrical shock from the overhead electrical power cables on the road ahead.
Action: Look out for electrical cables on the road way ahead.

Name: Gravel road ends (W363, TW363)
Where: On any gravel road.
Purpose: To warn that the gravel road you are travelling on will end ahead.
Action: Look out for an asphalt, tar or concrete road ahead.

Name: Danger plates (W401, TW401)
Delineator plates (W402, TW402)
Where: On any road especially in rural areas.
Purpose: To warn that there is an obstruction or temporary obstruction next to the road and that the road alignment to the left or right hand side is altered.
Action: Do not pass to the right of W401 or TW401 and to the left of W402 or TW402

Name: Railway crossing (W403, W404)
Where: On any road close to a railway line.
Purpose: To that there is a railway crossing with one (W403) or more tracks (W404) ahead.
Action: Slow down and if a train is approaching the crossing, stop. If there is no stop line or sign, the driver should stop no closer than 3m from the nearest track, and not on the track or in the railway reserve.

Name: Sharp curve chevron
Left (W405, TW405),(W407)(TW407)
Right (W406)(TW406, W408, TW408)
Where: On any road especially in mountainous areas.
Purpose: To warn that the road ahead curves suddenly
  • to the left (W406, W408, TW406, TW408) or
  • to the right (W405, W407, TW405, TW407).
Action: Slow down to take the curve at a safe speed or to be able to stop within the distance you can see.

Name: T-junction chevron (W409, TW409)
Where: On any road.
Purpose: To warn that the road ahead does not carry on straight, but merges with another road.
Action: Slow down to turn left or right or to stop.

Name: Dead-end (W410), Road closed chevron (TW410)
Where: On any road, where the carriageway ends.
Purpose: To warn that the road does not continue beyond the sign and that a turn either to the left or to the right must be made.
Action: Decide which direction to go and slow down.

Name: Temporary barricade (W411)
Where: On any road, where the carriageway is closed.
Purpose: To warn that part of the road is temporarily closed to traffic.
Action: Slow down and do not attempt to drive past the sign. Look out for a additional regulatory signs that will indicate an alternative route.

Name: Traffic signals out of order (TW412)
Where: On any road especially in urban areas.
Purpose: To warn that the robot ahead or to which the sign is attached is out of order.
Action: Slow down, yield to other traffic and be ready to stop if traffic intensity and volume require it. Look out for a traffic officer or stop sign that might be controlling the traffic.

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