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Road signs

Road signs The Highway Authority provides signs in order to give information to the road user. However sign clutter is a concern for many people and new signs will normally only be introduced if there is a good reason, e.g. to reduce the number or accidents, and where they are likely to influence road users behaviour for the better.

The Highway Code gives examples of the most common signs in normal use. Signs fall into certain groups:

  • regulatory signs - signs with red circles.
  • warning signs - mostly triangular.
  • direction signs - mostly rectangular. Destinations and map type.
  • information signs - mostly rectangular.

All signs on the highway must be authorised by the appropriate authority in accordance with Government regulations.

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Transportation Section
Appletree Court
Beaulieu Road
SO43 7PA

Updated: 18 Nov 2014
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