Signs with red circles are mostly prohibitive. Plates below signs qualify their message.
Entry to 20 mph zone
End of 20 mph zone
National speed limit applies
School crossing patrol
Stop and Give way
Give way to traffic on major road
Manually operated temporary STOP and GO signs
No entry for vehicular traffic
No vehicles except bicycles being pushed
No motor vehicles
No buses (over 8 passenger seats)
No towed caravans
No vehicles carrying explosives
No vehicle or combination of vehicles over length shown
No vehicles over height shown
No vehicles width shown
Give priority to vehicles from opposite direction
No right turn
No left turn
No goods vehicles over maximum gross weight shown (in tonnes) except for loading and unloading
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.
Signs Giving Positive Instruction
No vehicles over maximum gross weight shown (in tonnes)
Parking restricted to permit holders
No stopping during period indicated except for buses
No stopping during times shown except for as long as necessary to set down or pick up passengers
No stopping (Clearway)
Signs with blue circles but no red border mostly give positive instruction.
Turn left ahead (right if symbol reversed)
Turn left (right if symbol reversed)
Keep left (right if symbol reversed)
Vehicles may pass either side to reach same destination
Mini-roundabout (roundabout circulation - give way to vehicles from the immediate right)
Route to be used by pedal cycles only
Segregated pedal cycle and pedestrian route
End of minimum speed
Buses and cycles only
Pedestrian crossing point over tramway
One-way traffic (note: compare circular Ahead only sign)