Mandatory Road Signs

These signs are obligatory on the traffic which uses a specific area of road. These signs indicate what must one do, rather than must not do. Mandatory Road signs are generally round in shape with red border. Some of them are blue in colour. 'Stop' and 'Give Way' are octagon and triangular, respectively, in shape. Violation of these signs attracts heavy fines and punishments. Importantly, violation of these could lead to major accidents also.

STOP

stop

GIVE WAY

give way

This is one of the most important and prominent Road Sign. This sign indicates that Driver should immediately stop. Usually Police, traffic and toll authorities use this signs at check posts.
This sign is used at roundabouts where a specific lane discipline is to be followed. This sign direct the traffic to give way to the fellow traffic on your right side.
 
NO ENTRY

no entry

ONE WAY

one way

Certain pockets of an area or road are demarcated as no entry areas for traffic. This could be entry to a restricted area or no traffic zone. So the driver should obey it and divert his route.
This indicates that the traffic flow is allowed in only one direction. The way beyond this sign restricts entry of the traffic however, the oncoming traffic flow remains normal.
 
ONE WAY

one way

VEHICLE PROHIBITED IN BOTH DIRECTIONS

vehicles prohibited in both directions

This indicates that the traffic flow is allowed in only one direction. The way beyond this sign restricts entry of the traffic however, the oncoming traffic flow remains normal.
This sign directs that the demarcated area beyond it is prohibited for traffic flow from both sides. There could be number of reasons for installing this sign such as pedestrian area only, area under repair, security reasons etc.
 
ALL MOTOR VEHICLES PROHIBITED

all motor vehicles prohibited

TRUCK PROHIBITED

truck prohibited

This sign signifies that there should no movement of traffic in the designated area either from outside or within. This is used to decongest the area. It is also used at pedestrian areas.
As sign itself speaks the area designated is a no entry zone for Trucks or HMV. These could be narrow lanes or congested areas where entry of heavy transport vehicle could obstruct smooth flow of traffic.
 
BULLOCK & HAND CART PROHIBITED

bullock & hand cart prohibited

BULLOCK CART PROHIBITED

bullock cart prohibited

This sign indicates that the road has been prohibited for plying of Bullock & Hand Carts. These slow moving carts many a times hinder the smooth flow of traffic.
The slowest form of transport many a times becomes obstruction to the free flow of traffic hence certain zones have been demarcated where bullock Carts are not allowed to ply.
 
TONGAS PROHIBITED

tongas prohibited

HAND CART PROHIBITED

hand cart prohibited

Tongas or Horse cart were extensively used as a popular means of transport in recent past. With the advent of new and faster means of transport this vehicle becomes hurdle in the smooth traffic flow. So many of the areas/roads have become prohibited for Tongas.
This sign indicates that the Hand Cart is prohibited on the demarcated road as it would hinder the flow of fast moving traffic.
 
CYCLE PROHIBITED

cycle prohibited

PEDESTRIANS PROHIBITED

pedestrians prohibited

In order to ensure the safety of Cyclists, certain roads, which are meant for fast moving vehicles are prohibited for Cyclists. So the Cyclists should not use the roads where this sign has been installed.
This sign restricts the movement of pedestrian on road or the adjoining area. This could be lane for fast moving vehicles, highways etc. This could be installed at intersection where alternate crossing arrangements like underpass, foot over bridge etc are there for crossing the road.
 
RIGHT TURN PROHIBITED

right turn prohibited

LEFT TURN PROHIBITED

left turn prohibited

This sign directs driver not to turn towards right side in any circumstance.
This sign directs driver not to turn towards left side in any circumstance.
 
U-TURN PROHIBITED

u-turn prohibited

OVERTAKING PROHIBITED

overtaking prohibited

This sign can be seen at some of the busy intersection on roads. The U turn at these intersections could result in major accidents or traffic jams. The driver should not violate this sign to avoid fine and any untoward incident.
With superhighways and advancement in automobile technology speed of vehicles has increased manifold. With this overtaking has come as a maneuver to save time on road. But some place where the roads are narrow, at bridges, at turns Overtaking becomes dangerous. At these place this sign is installed which prohibit overtaking ensuring safety.
 
HORN PROHIBITED

horn prohibited

NO PARKING

no parking

Excessive and unnecessary honking is treated as unruly behaviour in modern society. However there are silence zones where honking is completely prohibited like near hospitals, schools etc. This sign directs driver to respect the silence zone and not to use horn.
This sign is very significant in major cities. It prohibits parking of a vehicle in designated area. Any vehicle parked here is towed away and occupant/driver is liable to penal action. Therefore, drivers should park their vehicle in authorized parking areas only.
 
NO STOPPING OR STANDING

no stopping or standing

SPEED LIMIT

speed limit

Some roads demand continuous flow of traffic and stopping of one vehicle disrupt the whole traffic flow. At these areas No Stopping signs are installed. Any vehicle stopping at these places could meet an accident and also a penal action.
This sign designates the speed, as specified in the sign, of traffic on road. The limit specified must be invariable followed to avoid penal action and accidents on the road.
 
WIDTH LIMIT

width limit

HEIGHT LIMIT

height limit

This sign indicates the width of the vehicle, which is allowed to enter the zone beyond its installation. The vehicle with width above 2 meters is restricted to enter this zone. This could a bridge or a narrow lane.
There are certain roads which pass under bridges, railway lines etc. of low height. To avoid any untoward incident authorities earmark height of vehicle which can easily pass under the bridge. The specified limit should be strictly adhered to avoid accidents and penal action.
 
LENGTH LIMIT

length limit

LOAD LIMIT

load limit

This sign on road indicates that length of the vehicle, which can be maneuvered through that passage. It could be a sharp turn, a hairpin bend etc. This is meant for long and oversized vehicle, which cannot negotiate a safe turn.
This road sign limits the load of the vehicle, which should ply on the road further. This sign indicates that a vehicle weighing more than 5 tonnes cannot use the road further as there may be a bridge, which cannot bear the weight beyond 5 tonnes, or the road is soft to accommodate the weight of the vehicle.
 
AXLE LOAD LIMIT

axle load limit

RESTRICTION ENDS SIGN

restriction ends sign

This sign is usually installed before a bridge. It indicates the load a bridge can bear. The limit of this sign is 4 tonnes, this indicates that only vehicles with axle load of 4 tonnes or less can pass over this bridge.
Any restriction conveyed through sign on road ends here. This sign indicates that the restriction imposed by the sign/signs is no more valid beyond this point. However, drivers should not be complacent and take care of all safety measure to avoid accidents.
 
COMPULSORY TURN LEFT

compulsory turn left

COMPULSORY AHEAD

compulsory ahead

One has to turn towards left after seeing this sign. This may have been installed due to diversion.
This sign indicates the traffic should move in straight direction and turning to either side would lead to penal action and safety hazard.
 
COMPULSORY TURN RIGHT

compulsory turn right

COMPULSORY AHEAD OR TURN RIGHT

compulsory ahead or turn right

This sign directs the driver to turn right only, there could be any reason for it but obeying this signal would lead to safety and hassle free drive.
This sign directs the traffic to either move straight or take right turn. Turning towards left is prohibited.
 
COMPULSORY AHEAD OR TURN LEFT

compulsory ahead or turn left

COMPULSORY KEEP LEFT

compulsory keep left

This sign directs the traffic to either move straight or take left turn. Turning towards right is prohibited. Violation of these sign may jeopardize your safety and may also lead to penal action.
This sign indicates that the driver should drive in left lane for smooth traffic flow. This sign is installed mainly on the roads, which do not have divider in between, and two way traffic flows on the same road.
 
COMPULSORY CYCLE TRACK

compulsory cycle track

COMPULSORY SOUND HORN

compulsory sound horn

This sign directs that the cyclist should use this lane compulsorily and no other motorized vehicle should enter it. To be a safe cyclist and to avoid fines always follow this sign.
There are some conditions when blowing horn becomes compulsory. While maneuvering a blind turns especially in hilly roads blowing horn before turn is one of the safety measure. So whenever you see this sign blow horn to let oncoming traffic knows your presence on road.
 
COMPULSORY BUS STOP

compulsory bus stop

 

This sign shows that all buses (public transport) will compulsorily stop at this place.
 
 

Courtesy:- Ministry of Road Transport & Highways, Government of India


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