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Signs and their meanings
Road signs and their meanings most of us use the roads on a
daily basis with the vast amount of road signs that we are faced
with we can easily get confused by not being sure what they
mean, the Road Sign section lists the most recent road signs,
for learner drivers it is very helpful with the signs clearly
grouped and easy to find this section on road sign meanings
should help in recognizing road signs
Why know your traffic signs?
Traffic signs play a vital role in directing, informing and
controlling road users' behaviour in an effort to make the roads
as safe as possible for everyone. This makes a knowledge of
traffic signs essential. Not just for new drivers or riders
needing to pass their theory test, but for all road users, including
experienced professional drivers.
Responsibility for traffic signs
Responsibility for the road network in the UK is split among:
the Highways Agency in England
the Welsh Assembly Government in Wales
the Scottish Executive in Scotland
and local or regional highway authorities.
The central administrations above are responsible for the UKs
strategic road network. Strategic roads are the highways that
linkcities, areas of population, ports and airports. Most motorways
and some A roads are strategic roads.
Local or regional highway authorities are responsible for local
roads, and this includes a few motorways, all other A roads
and all other public roads. While responsibility for placing,
erecting and maintaining traffic signs is split among these
bodies, it is important that signs are consistent both in appearance
and in the way they are used.
To ensure that the UK has a uniform traffic signing system,
signs must conform to the designs prescribed in the Traffic
Signs Regulations and General Directions (although some signs
may have been specially authorised by the Secretary of State).
The Traffic Signs Manual, published by TSO, provides detailed
guidance for those responsible for designing and installing