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Traffic Rules

Basic Rules of the Road
Keep left and allow the vehicles from the opposite direction to pass.
Give way to traffic on your right, especially at junctions and round-abouts.
While turning right, keep vehicles on the right lane.
While turning left, keep to the left side of the road.
Slow down at road junctions, intersections and pedestrian crossings. You must also slow down near school zones, temple areas etc., where a lot of pedestrians and vehicle move.Use proper indicators to turn left or right.
Always use a helmet if you are driving a two-wheeler and see that when you use the helmet, the strap is fixed properly.
Stick to the speed limit and keep in mind that speed limit is related to the traffic condition.
Remember that the distance to stop your vehicle depends on the speed at which you are driving.
Keep adequate distance from the vehicle ahead to avoid collision.
Yellow lines should not be crossed, even while over-taking.
At road junctions or intersections, do not park the vehicle beyond the stop line.
Remember that at pedestrian crossings, the pedestrian has the right of way.
At the signal, do not stop your vehicle on the Pedestrian Crossing but stop it within the stop line.
Two wheelers are meant only for two.
Do not start on the amber light. Wait for the green.
Overtake only on the right side and do not overtake on bridges, narrow roads, junctions, school zones and pedestrian crossings. Do not overtake when one vehicle is already overtaking the vehicle that you want to overtake.
Never drive carelessly.
Traffic Sign & Symbols

 

TRAFFIC SIGNS - MANDATORY

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STOP

This sign is used on roadways where traffic is required to stop before entering a major road. The vehicle shall proceed past the stop line only after ascertaining that ths will not cause any damage to traffic on the main road.

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GIVE WAY

This sign is used to assign right-of-way to traffic on certain roadways and intersections, the intention being that the vehicles controlled by the sign must give way to the other traffic having the right-of-way.

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STRAIGHT PROHIBITED OR NO ENTRY

These signs are located at places where the vehicles are not allowed to enter. It is generally erected at the end of one-way-road to prohibit traffic entering the roadway in the wrong direction and also at each intersection along the one-way road.

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ONE WAY

These signs are located at the entry to the one-way street and repeated at intermediate intersections on that street.

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VEHICLES PROHIBITED IN BOTH DIRECTIONS

This sign is used at the approact end of the roads where entry to all types of vehicular traffic is prohibited, especially in areas which have been designed as pedestrian malls.

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HORN PROHIBITED

This sign is used on stretches of the road where sounding of horn is not allowed, near hospitals and in silence zones.

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CYCLE PROHIBITED

This sign is erected on each entry to the road where cycles are to be prohibited.

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PEDESTRIAN PROHIBITED

This sign is erected on each entry to the road where pedestrians are to be prohibited.

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RIGHT/LEFT TURN PROHIBITED

These signs are used at places where vehicles are not allowed to make a turn to the right or left. The signs are also used at the inter-sections of one-way street to supplement the one-way sign.

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U-TURN PROHIBITED

This sign is used at places where vehicles are forbidden to make a turn to the reverse direction of travel between the sign and the next inter-section beyond it.

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OVERTAKING PROHIBITED

This sign is erected at the beginning of such sections of highways where sight distance is restricted and overtaking will be dangerous.

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ALL MOTOR VEHICLES PROHIBITED

This sign is used at places where entry to all types of motor vehicles is prohibited.

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TRUCKS PROHIBITED

This sign is used at the entrance to the road where movement of trucks is prohibited.

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HAND CART PROHIBITED

This sign is erected on each entry to the road where hand carts are to be prohibited.

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BULLOCK CART PROHIBITED

This sign is erected on each entry to the road where bullock carts are to be prohibited.

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TONGA PROHIBITED

This sign is erected on each entry to the road where tongas are to be prohibited.

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BULLOCK CARTS & HAND CARTS PROHIBITED

This sign is erected on each entry to the road where all types of slow moving vehicles except cycles are to be prohibited.

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NO PARKING

This sign is erected where parking is not allowed but vehicles can stop for short duration to allow passengers to get into or get out of the vehicle. The sign should be accompanied by suitable kerb or carriageway markings.

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NO PARKING OR STANDING

This sign is erected where vehicles are prohibited to stop even temporarily.

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SPEED LIMIT

This sign is erected at the beginning of the section of the road or area covered by a speed restriction, with numerals indicating the speed limit in kilometers per hour.

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COMPULSORY TURN LEFT/RIGHT

These signs indicate the appropriate direction in which the vehicles are permitted to proceed.

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COMPULSORY AHEAD OR TURN LEFT/RIGHT

These signs indicate the appropriate directions in which the vehicles are permitted to proceed. Vehicles are supposed to move either of the given two directions.

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COMPULSORY AHEAD

This sign indicates that the vehicle is only permitted to proceed ahead.

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COMPULSORY KEEP LEFT

This sign is most frequently used on bollards or islands and refuges in the middle of the carriageway and at the beginning of central reserves of dual carriageway. The vehicles are obliged to keep left only.

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COMPULSORY CYCLE RICKSHAW TRACK

This sign means only cycles and rickshaws are allowed on this road/carriageway.

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COMPULSORY SOUND HORN

This sign means the motor vehicles shall compulsorily sound horn at the location where the sign is placed. This sign is mostly put at sharp curves on hill roads.

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SLIP ROAD AHEAD

This sign means the vehicles can either go straight or turn left.

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MAIN ROAD AHEAD

This sign means the vehicles can either go straight or turn right.

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PEDESTRIANS ONLY

This sign means only pedistrians are allowed and the traffic is not allowed on this road/carriageway.

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BUSES ONLY

This sign means that only buses are allowed and other traffic is not allowed on this road/carriageway.

TRAFFIC SIGNS - CAUTIONARY

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RIGHT/LEFT HAND CURVE

This sign is used where the direction of alignment changes. The sign forewarns the driver to reduce the speed and proceed cautiously along the road.

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RIGHT/LEFT HAIR PIN BEND

This sign is used where the change in direction is so considerable that it amounts to reversal of direction. The symbol bends to right or left depending upon the road alignment.

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RIGHT/LEFT REVERSE BEND

This sign is used where the nature of the reverse bend is not obvious to approaching traffic and constitutes a hazard. If the first curve is to the right, a right reverse bend shall be used. If the first curve is to the left, a left reverse bend is used.

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NARROW BRIDGE

This sign is erected on roads in advance of bridges where the clear width between the kerbs or wheel guards is less than normal width of carriageway.

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GAP IN MEDIAN

This gap is installed ahead of a gap in the median of a divided carriageway, other than an intersection.

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NARROW ROAD

This sign is normally found in rural areas where a sudden reduction in width of pavement causes a danger to traffic.

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ROAD WIDENS

This sign is normally found in rural areas where a sudden widening of road causes a danger to traffic, such as, a two-lane road suddenly widening to a dual carriageway

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CYCLE CROSSING

This sign is erected in advance of all uncontrolled cycle crossings.

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PEDESTRIAN CROSSING

This sign is erected in advance of both approaches to uncontrolled pedestrian crossings.

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SCHOOL AHEAD

This sign is erected where school buildings or grounds are adjacent to the road where the traffic creates a hazard to children.

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MEN AT WORK

This sign is displayed only when men and machines are working on the road or adjacent to it or on overhead lines or poles. This sign is removed when the work is completed.

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SIDE ROAD LEFT

This sign is displayed in advance of the side road intersections where a large volume of entering traffic together with restricted sight distance is likely to constitute a hazard. The driver is warned of the existence of a junction.

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SIDE ROAD RIGHT

This sign is displayed in advance of the side road intersections where a large volume of entering traffic together with restricted sight distance is likely to constitute a hazard. The driver is warned of the existence of a junction.

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Y-INTERSECTION

These signs are displayed on the approach to a bifurcation of any road. This sign warns of the existence of a junction and no other indication is given.

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MAJOR ROAD

These signs are displayed in advance of crossing with the major road, where a sufficiently large volume of traffic together with a sufficiently large volume of traffic together with restricted sight is likely to cause a hazard.

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STAGGERED INTERSECTION

This sign is used to indicate junctions where the distance between two junctions is not more than 60 meters.

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T INTERSECTION

This sign is displayed in advance of T-junctions where the nature of inter-section is not obvious to approaching traffic. This sign is used to warn the driver of the existence of a junction.

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ROUNDABOUT

This sign is used where it is necessary to indicate the approach to a roundabout.

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START OF DUAL CARRIAGEWAY

This sign is displayed when a single carriageway ends into a dual carriageway.

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END OF DUAL CARRIAGEWAY

His sign is displayed when a dual carriageway is ending and a single carriageway is starting.

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REDUCED CARRIAGEWAY

These signs caution the driver of the reduction in the width of the carriageway ahead. This is displayed on undivided carriageways when some portion of the carriageway is closed or reduced for repairs.

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TWO WAY OPERATION

This sign is used to caution the driver of a changed pattern of traffic operation of the carriageway expected to carry traffic in one direction only.

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CROSS ROAD

This sign is displayed in advance of the cross road where a sufficiently large volume of crossing or entering traffic with restricted sight distance is likely to constitute a hazard.

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CATTLE

This sign is used where there is danger due to farm animals or cattle crossing on the road.

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TRAFFIC DIVERSION ON DUAL CARRIAGEWAY

This sign warns the driver of the diversion of traffic from one carriageway to the other. It is used on dual carriageway when one carriageway is closed.

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FALLING ROCKS

This sign is used wherever rocks are liable to fall on the road seasonally or throughout the year. The symbol may be reversed to show the side from which rock fall is expected.

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FERRY

This sign is used to warn the drivers about the existence of a ferry crossing across a river.

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LANE CLOSURE

This sign cautions the driver of the closure of a portion of the carriageway on multi-lane highways.

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BARRIER

This sign is erected in advance of a gate controlling entry into a road. A definition plate with words "SLOW BARRIER AHEAD" or "TOLL BARRIER AHEAD" is also displayed on the sign.

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LOOSE GRAVEL

This sign is used on section of a road on which gravel may be thrown up by fast moving vehicles.

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OVERHEAD CABLE

This sign cautions driver of the presence of overhead power transmission lines.

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QUARY SIDE OR RIVER BANK

This sign is used to caution the driver of the presence of water by the side of the road and the impending danger.

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ROUGH ROAD

This sign is posted where the road is rough and the drivers are required to slow down their vehicles for safe travel.

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RUNWAY

This sign is used to warn the drivers of the presence of runway ahead and possible movement of the aircrafts.

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SERIES OF BENDS

This sign is used to installed to caution the driver of the presence of zigzag for a long distance over the section of road ahead.

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SLIPPERY ROAD

This sign is used to warn that the section of the road ahead may be particularly slippery.

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UNGUARDED RAILWAY CROSSING

This sign is used on the approaches of level crossings where there are no gates or other barriers. An advance warning sign (with two bars) is installed at a distance of 200 meters and second sign (with one bar) is installed near the crossing.

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GUARDED RAILWAY CROSSING

This sign is used to warn traffic on the approaches to guarded railway crossing. An advance warning sign (with two bars) is installed at a distance of 200 meters and second sign (with one bar) is installed near the crossing.

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STEEP ASCENT

This sign is displayed before a steep upgrade/downgrade that may constitute a hazard to traffic. A gradient of 10 per cent and above is considered steep gradient.

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STEEP DESCENT

This sign is displayed before a steep upgrade/downgrade that may constitute a hazard to traffic. A gradient of 10 per cent and above is considered steep gradient.

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RUMBLE STRIP

This sign is installed in advance of the rumble strips provided on the road to control the speed of the vehicle.

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DANGEROUS DIP

This sign is used where a sharp dip in the profile of the road or a causeway is likely to cause considerable discomfort to traffic.

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SPEED BREAKER

This sign warns the drivers of the presence of a speed breaker.

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PUBLIC TELEPHONE

This sign is displayed on long stretches of roads in rural area indicating the distance to the nearest public telephone on supplementary plate, where it is in inconspicuous position.

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FILLING STATION

This sign is displayed on long stretches of roads in rural area at the entry to the road leading to the facility.

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HOSPITAL

This sign is used to notify drivers of vehicles that they should take the precautions required near medical establishments and in particular that they should not make any unnecessary noise.

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FIRST AID POST

This sign is used to notify drivers on long stretches of roads in rural area of the first aid facility which may be helpful in case of emergency.

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EATING PLACE

This sign is used to indicate where a regular eating place is located.

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LIGHT REFRESHMENT

This sign is used to indicate a place where light refreshment is available.

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RESTING PLACE

This sign is used to indicate where facilities for resting and lodging are available. It is normally combined with a separate definition plate, indicating whether the place is a Rest House, Motel, Hotel etc.

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NO THROUGH ROAD

This sign is used at the entrance to a road from where there is no exit.

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NO THROUGH SIDE ROAD

This sign is used on the main road, with appropriate variations to the symbol so as to show the road layout, where it is considered essential to give advance indication of a "No Through Side Road."

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PEDESTRIAN SUBWAY

This sign is used to guide pedestrians to the subway.

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AIRPORT

This sign is installed where the Airport is situated nearby.

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REPAIR FACILITY

This sign is installed at the places where repair facility is situated.

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POLICE STATION

This sign is installed at the places where the Police Station is situated nearby.

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RAILWAY STATION

This sign is installed at the places where the Railways Station is situated nearby.

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BUS STOP

This sign is installed at the places where buses are designated to stop.

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TAXI STAND

This sign is installed at the places where the taxis are expected to wait when not engaged/hired.

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AUTO-RICKSHAW STAND

This sign is installed at the places where auto-rickshaws are to wait.

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PARKING THIS SIDE

This sign is installed at the places where cycle-rickshaws are to wait.

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Red - To stop the traffic

Bring your vehicle to a complete halt behind the stop line or cross walk. Wait until the light turns green.

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Amber - Caution

If your have entered the intersection and the light turns to amber, move on very carefully. If you see the amber light before entering the crossing, stop the vehicle behind the stop line or cross walk.

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Green - Go on

Go through the crossing carefully. You can turn in the direction of the arrow by giving indicator.

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Flashing Signals

A flashing red signal means you should come to a complete stop and move through the intersection where in it safe to do so.

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Flashing Signals

A flashing amber signal warns to drive with caution.

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Pedestrian Signals

These signals help pedestrians cross intersections safely. If you face a steady red human figure, do not enter the road. If the signal starts flashing, cross the road quickly if you are already on the road. Stop, if you are about to join the road. Walk cautiously if you face a steady green human figure.

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Hand Traffic Signals are widely used by Traffic Police personnel to regulate Traffic except at big crossings where Auto Manual Traffic Signals have been installed. Moreover, hand-traffic signals are very useful in regulation of traffic on busy crossings in certain areas when Auto Manual Traffic Signals goes out of order due to power failure or any kind of malfunctioning.

To start one sided vehicles To stop vehicles coming from front
To stop vehicles approaching from behind To stop vehicles approaching simultaneously from front and behind
To stop vehicles approaching simultaneously from right and left To start vehicle approaching from left
To start vehicles coming from right To change sign
To start one sided vehicles To start vehicles on T-Point
To give VIP salute To manage vehicles on T-Point