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Traffic Signs and its Use in Pakistan

Traffic Signs history dates back to the era of Roman Empire where they used to place stones on streets in order to direct the people to their correct destinations. Pakistan follows British road signage system, which is made bilingual i.e. both in Urdu and English as for the ease of the citizens.

Almost every year, thousands of citizens die due to road accidents. This is only because people of Pakistan do not have traffic sense and they are not aware of traffic signs, which are found rarely on the streets. According to Pakistan Bureau of Statistics, 8, 885 road accidents occurred in Pakistan during 2013. Hence, Government should start educating the people about road Signs rules, which helps in reducing traffic accidents. Furthermore, workshops and training sessions should be arranged at the school and college level to create awareness about Traffic Signs.

As a citizen of Pakistan, we should follow traffic rules and pay attention to traffic signs. In order to create awareness among the people, here is a list of road signs that one must follow.


Traffic Signs or Road Signs under the following categories

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Mandatory Traffic Signs

Mandatory road signs are one of the most important categories of Traffic Sign. It is also found in circle shapes with an exception of one which is in an inverse triangle shape.

Below are some of the mandatory traffic signs

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  • Road Closed
  • Drive Slow
  • Stop
  • Give way or stop completely
  • No entry for motorcycle
  • Overtaking prohibited
  • Motor vehicle prohibited.
  • No entry for pedestrians
  • Goods vehicles not allowed.
  • Maximum speed limit 50 Km/h



Warning Signs

Warning road signs are one of the key categories of traffic signs. So it is modeled in a triangular shape. As it also used to warn the citizens beforehand, for example, there is a bend on the road.

Some of the famous Traffic Signs for this group are listed below

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  • Swing bridge
  • Carriageway narrows
  • Steep ascent
  • Dangerous descent
  • Slippery roads
  • Un-even road
  • Children crossing
  • Wild animal crossing
  • Cyclists
  • U-turn


Informatory Traffic Signs

The informatory road signs are meant to give directions. It also provides citizens required information. Furthermore, this type of road signs are present in rectangular shapes and may vary in color.It is mandatory for all drivers/motorists to aware about these signs.

Below are the key road signs under this category

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  • Hospital
  • Parking
  • Bus Stop
  • Parking Place Indicated
  • Telephone
  • School Bus-Displayed in Front or Near Window of Bus or Coach


Motorway Signs

Motorway signs found in green color so it is installed at Motorways. It also informs motorist about the direction or necessary information.

The common motorway signs are

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  • Picnic Site
  • Cafeteria
  • Restaurant
  • Camping and Caravan Site
  • Hotel
  • Starting Points for Walks
  • Ancient Monument in the Care of National Heritage
  • Roundabout
  • Diversion Route
  • Mosque
  • Tourist attraction zoo


National Highway Signs

These National Highway signs are blue in color so the purpose is to provide the information about motorists.

National highway signs are given belowtraffic signs

  • Dead End Road
  • Direction Signs
  • Beginning of Built Up Area
  • End of Built Up Area
  • Direction of Air Port
  • Direction of Place
  • One Way
  • Filling Station – Petrol pump
  • Appropriate Traffic Lane at Junction Ahead
  • One Way Road


Constructions Signs

These Road signs show the information about construction or any work that is in progress. Furthermore, they are usually in yellow color.

Some of the important construction signs are

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  • Work ahead
  • Sorry for inconvenience
  • End of road works and any temporary restrictions
  • Road works 1 KM ahead
  • Temporary lane closure
  • One lane crossover at contra flow road works


Hazardous Symbols Signs

Hazardous symbols signs inform and also warn about dangerous or explosive materials present nearby. The sign also warns citizens to maintain distance and be careful from such an area.

These are the Hazardous symbol signs

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  • Flammable liquid
  • Explosive material
  • Flammable gas
  • Poison gas
  • Radioactive
  • Harmful
  • Corrosive
  • Spontaneously combustible
  • Oxidizing agent
  • Organic peroxide