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Traffic signs: Signs giving orders

Signs with red circles are mostly prohibitive. Plates below signs qualify their message.
 
The number 20 inside a red outlined circle within a white rectangle with the word zone inside it The number 30 inside a red outlined circle within a white rectangle with the words zone ends next to the number 20 inside a grey circle with a diagonal line through it A picture of two children walking, a horizontal line and the word stop on a yellow background inside a red outlined circle The number 40 inside a red outlined circle A black diagonal line inside a white circle
Entry to 20 mph zone   End of 20 mph zone   School crossing patrol   Maximum speed   National speed limit applies
 
The word Stop inside a red octagon The words Give Way inside a red outlined triangle The words No Vehicles inside a white rectangle underneath a red outlined circle A white horizontal line inside a red circle A black line bending at 90 degrees to the right with a red diagonal line through it inside a red outlined circle
Stop and give way   Give way to traffic on major road   No vehicles except bicycles being pushed   No entry for vehicular traffic   No right turn
 
A black line bending at 90 degrees to the left with a red diagonal line through it inside a red outlined circle An upside down U with a red diagonal line through it inside a red outlined circle A red arrow pointing up and a black arrow pointing down inside a red outlined circle above the words Give Way to oncoming vehicles inside a white rectangle A picture of the backs of a black car and a red car inside a red outlined circle A picture of the back of a black car below the side of a black motorcycle inside a red outlined circle
No left turn   No U-turns   Give priority to vehicles from opposite direction   No overtaking   No motor vehicles
 
The word stop inside a red octagon within a grey circleThe word Go inside a green circle A picture of a bus inside a red outlined circle A picture of a bicycle inside a red outlined circle A picture of a car towing a caravan inside a red outlined circle
Manually operated temporary STOP and GO signs   No buses (over 8 passenger seats)   No cycling   No towed caravans
 
A picture of a car from the front with an explosion above it inside a red outlined circle A picture of a lorry and the measurment 32 foot and 6 inches with arrows pointing left and right inside a red outlined circle The measurments 4.4 metres and 14 feet and 6 inches with arrows pointing inwards from the top and bottom inside a red outlined circle The measurments 2 metres and 6 feet and 6 inches with arrows pointing inwards from the left and right inside a red outlined circle The numbers 18 T and letters m g w inside a red outlined circle below the words Weak Bridge within a white rectangle
No vehicles carrying explosives   No vehicle or combination of vehicles over length shown   No vehicles over height shown   No vehicles over width shown   No vehicles over maximum gross weight shown (in tonnes)
 
The words Except For Loading inside a white rectangle below a picture of a lorry with the number 7.5 T on its side inside a red outlined circle A red outlined circle with a blue fill with a red diagonal line through it A red outlined circle with a blue fill with a red cross through it The words Urban Clearway Monday to Friday inside a yellow rectangle above a white rectangle with the words am 8 to 9.30 and a black rectangle with the words pm 4.30 to 6.30 The words Permit Holders Only next to a blue square with the letter P inside it within a with rectangle
No goods vehicles over maximum gross weight shown (in tonnes) except for loading and unloading   No waiting   No stopping (Clearway)   No stopping during times shown except for as long as necessary to set down or pick up passengers   Parking restricted to permit holders
 
The words Red Route and, No Stopping At Any Time Except Buses, divided by a red horizontal line inside a red outlined rectangle Note: Although The Highway Code shows many of the signs commonly in use, a comprehensive explanation of our signing system is given in the Department's booklet Know Your Traffic Signs, which is on sale at booksellers. The booklet also illustrates and explains the vast majority of signs the road user is likely to encounter. The signs illustrated in The Highway Code are not all drawn to the same scale. In Wales, bilingual versions of some signs are used including Welsh and English versions of place names. Some older designs of signs may still be seen on the roads.
No stopping during period indicated except for buses  
 
Signs with blue circles but no red border mostly give positive instruction.
 
A white arrow pointing up inside a blue rectangle A white arrow pointing up inside a blue circle A white arrow bending 90 degrees to the left inside a blue circle A white arrow pointing left inside a blue circle A white arrow pointing down and to the left inside a blue circle
One-way traffic (note: compare circular 'Ahead only' sign)   Ahead only   Turn left ahead (right if symbol reversed)   Turn left (right if symbol reversed)   Keep left (right if symbol reversed)
 
A picture of a bicycle inside a blue circle A picture of a bicycle and two pedestrians either side of a vertical line inside a blue circle The number 30 inside a blue circle The number 30 with a red diagonal line through it inside a blue circle Three arrows forming a clockwise circle within a blue circle
Route to be used by pedal cycles only   Segregated pedal cycle and pedestrian route   Minimum speed   End of minimum speed   Mini-roundabout (roundabout circulation - give way to vehicles from the immediate right)
 
Two white arrows pointing down, to the left and the right inside a blue circle A picture of a bicycle above a bus inside a blue circle above the word Only inside a white rectangle A picture of a tram inside a blue circle above the word Only inside a white rectangle A picture of a tram with the words Tramway Look Both Ways inside a blue square A picture of a bus above a bicycle next to a vertical line inside a blue rectangle
Vehicles may pass either side to reach same destination   Buses and cycles only   Trams only   Pedestrian crossing point over tramway   With-flow bus and cycle lane
 
A picture of a bus above an arrow pointing down next to a vertical line and two arrows pointing up inside a blue rectangle A picture of a bicycle next to a vertical line in a blue rectangle
Contra-flow bus lane   With-flow pedal cycle lane  


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