Road signs

A summary of the key road signs.

You will see different types of signs when you are using the roads. They are explained below. 

The rules in detail

The key road rules for following road signs are found in, Part 8 – Traffic signs and road markings  Road Safety Road Rules 2017.

Regulatory signs tell you what you can and can't do. Penalties apply if you disobey these signs.

These signs are usually black and white and sometimes use red to show danger or a limit. Other regulatory signs can be black and yellow.

Examples of regulatory signs are:

Images of 60 and 40 km/h speed signsImage of 60 kilometre an hour speed sign on a green background with a black numbers and a red circle

  • stop and give way signs

Stop and Give Way sign

Pedestrian and School crossing sign

  • tram safety zone sign

Safety zone sign

  • keep left sign

Keep Left sign

  • no left, right or u- turn signs

No left turn right or u turn signs

  • left and right turn only signs

Left and right turn only signs

  • no entry signs

No entry signs

  • keep left unless overtaking sign

Keep left unless overtaking sign

  • emergency stopping lanes sign

Emergency stopping lane sign

  • one way signs

One way signs

  • transit lane signs

Transit lane signs

  • hand held signs (e.g. held by road workers or crossing supervisors).

Stop and slow hand held signs

Warning signs tell you there could be danger ahead. They are usually yellow, diamond-shaped signs with black words or symbols.

Take notice of the advice these signs give. Unlike regulatory signs they are not giving you instructions that you must follow.

Examples of warning signs are:

  • advisory speed signs

Advisory speed sign

  • curves and bends signs 

Curves and bend signs

  • changing road layout signs

Changing road layout signs

  • intersection warning signs

Intersection warning signs

  • intersection warning signs

Intersection control warning signs

  • changing conditions signs

Changing conditions sign

  • railway level crossings

Railway crossing signs

  • pedestrian sign

Pedestrian sign

  • road work signs

Road work signs

  • animals warning signs

Animal warning signs

Freeway and guide signs give you information, directions and tell you when freeways and toll roads start and end.

These signs are there to help drivers. You do not need to follow information on guide signs.

Freeway and guide signs

 

Tourist and service signs tell you about the local area and nearby tourist attractions or services.

You do not need to follow information on these signs.

Tourist and service signs

 

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