Road signs in Guelphia

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There are a significant number of signs and markings defined for driving in Guelphia. These definitions are outlined in the Guelphian Traffic Signs Manual (GTSM), which alongside the Guelphian Road Code, forms the basic law for all road users in Guelphia.

Signage is defined by a number of categories, the most critical being compulsory signs and hazard signs.

Overview

The following are the three most fundamental types of road signs. As well as the shape, the colour of a sign is important in determining the meaning. Combined, they give the following messages:

Type of sign Sign shape Comment
Circular signs give orders
Red circles Roadsign-prohibitionary.png Red circles give a prohibitive instruction, such as NO RIGHT TURN.
Blue circles Roadsign-mandatory.png Blue circles give a compulsory instruction, such as KEEP LEFT.
Diamond signs warn of a hazard
Yellow diamond Roadsign-warning.png Yellow hazard signs warn of a permanent hazard, such as a SHARP BEND in the road
Orange diamond Roadsign-tempwarning.png Orange hazard signs warn of a temporary hazard, such as TRAVELLING LIVESTOCK.
Rectangular signs inform or guide
Green rectangles Roadsign-guide3.png Green rectangles are for trunk roads
White rectangles Roadsign-whiteguide.png White rectangles are used on all other routes
Blue rectangles Roadsign-blueguide.png Blue rectangles are for services, and can be seen on any class of road
Brown rectangles Roadsign-brownguide.png Brown rectangles are used for tourist information, and also can be seen on any class of road

Most road signs found on Guelphia's roads are one of the types listed above. However, other types of sign do exist and serve a very special purpose:

  • Octagons are for STOP signs;
  • Triangles are for GIVE WAY signs; and
  • Trapezoids are for MILESTONES.

Section 1: Regulatory Signs

The most important road signs are regulatory signs and they show you what you must or must not do. Regulatory signs are divided into seven series, and many are heavily inspired by British and New Zealand road signs.

R1 Series: Stop and Give Way

The TSG's R1 series of is for stop and yield .

R2 Series: Speed limits

The GTSM's R2 series is for speed limit signs. The maximum speed a vehicle may travel in Guelphia is dependant on the type of road being traversed.

R3 Series: Pedestrians

The R3 series defines signs pertaining to pedestrians.

R4 Series: Parking and stopping

The GTSM's R4 series is for parking signs. Where and when a motorist can park is an important part of driving in Guelphia. All controlled roads have some form of parking restrictions placed upon them, and as such they have signs to indicate where parking is allowed and for how long. Parking signs are complimented with line markings in either white or red that indicate where a motorist can park or where no parking and stopping zones exist.

Permissive parking

These types of signs allow for parking for either an unlimited or varied amount of time. These types are often used in conjunction with parking meters and parking permits. These signs are specified by the GTSM to be green on white.

No Parking or Stopping

No parking signs indicate that loading or unloading there while temporarily stopped is permitted, but parking is not. Some no parking signs display time restrictions, while others are permanent restrictions. Likewise, no stopping signs indicate that stopping is only allowed in order to obey a traffic sign, signal, traffic warden, policeman, or to avoid conflicts with other vehicles. There are also temporary versions of the signs, often of similar design to the permanent ones. These signs are specified by the GTSM to be red on white.

Restricted parking

Restricted parking signs are designated in places where certain vehicles may park or stand for a period of time, whilst all other vehicles are prohibited from using the park at all times, or for the time specified. Like no parking and stopping signs, restricted parking signs are specified by the GTSM to be red on white.

R5 Series: Mandatory signs

The R5 series of signs is for the regulation of movement signs. Such signs give a compulsory instruction.

R6 Series: Prohibitionary signs

The R6 series is for signs that give a prohibitive instruction.

R7 Series: Exclusive lane use

R8 Series: Bicycles and pedestrians

R9 Series: Supplementary signs

Where required, regulatory signs may be complimented with a supplementary sign to clarify the message being delivered. All supplementary signs have black writing on a white background, and have a red border.

Section 2: Warning signs

The most common signs on the road, warning signs warn of a particular hazard on or near the road. Such signs are designed to warn drivers of situations that require some caution, or recommend a change in driver behaviour to ensure the safety of both the driver and anyone else using the road.

Warning signs are either yellow or orange, with all being diamond shaped with a black symbol. Both may have a supplementary sign below to qualify their message, which is usually white in colour.

W1 Series: General warning

The general warning sign is used for hazards where no specific sign exists. It is always accompanied by a supplementary sign below to qualify the hazard.

W2 Series: Intersections and junctions

The GTSG's W2 series of signs is for warning signs relating to intersections including roundabouts.

W3 Series: Road alignment

The W3 series of the GTSG is for warning signs relating to road alignment, including curves and turns.

W4 Series: Advance warning of traffic control devices

The W4 series of signs is for warning signs relating to advance traffic controls such as speed limits and signals.

W5 Series: Road width and clearances

The W5 series of signs in the GTSG is for warning signs relating to road width restrictions.

W6 Series: Pavement and Roadway Conditions

The GTSG's W6 series of signs is for warning signs relating to pavement and roadway conditions

W7 Series: Advance Warnings and Crossings

The W7 series of signs is for warning signs relating to advance dangers and crossings.

W8 Series: Rail and Light Rail

The GTSG's W8 series of signs is for warning signs relating to rail and light rail.

W9 Series: Supplementals

The GTSG's W9 series is used for for supplemental plaques for warning signs.

Section 3: Guide Signs

Easily the most varied signs on the road, guide signs are rectangular and come in the colours of blue, green, white, or brown. They do not give legal instruction or warnings, but merely provide useful information to the motorist to help them when driving.

G1 Series: Advance direction signs

G2 Series: Intersection direction signs

G3 Series: Finger boards

G4 Series: Reassurance direction signs

G5 Series: Street names and community facility signs

G6 Series: Geographical feature signs

G7 Series: Services signs

G8 Series: Route markers

G9 Series: Traffic instruction signs

No longer used, see Section 4: Information signs.

G10 Series: Milestones

G11 Series: Tourist signs

Section 4: Information signs

Section 4 signs aim to provide advice on road conditions. Previously forming G9 Series, in 2002 they were split off to form a new section of the GTSM.

Appendix I: Symbols for use on service signs

Appendix II: Symbols for use on tourist signs

See also

References and notes

  1. An R2-5.2 sign is always displayed under an R2-1 sign.
  2. Sign W6-13 is always displayed above a W10-3 supplementary sign.
  3. Sign W8-7 is always displayed above a R6-22 regulatory sign.
  4. The sign W9-1 is always displayed under one of the W3 series signs.
  5. Sign W9-3 is always displayed under the W6-13 sign.
  6. As of April 2015, there are no official motorways in Guelphia.