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Road Signs


Signals by authorised persons

Police officers


Traffic approaching from the front Traffic approaching from both front and behind Traffic approaching from behind
To beckon traffic on

From the side From the front From behind*
* In Wales, bilingual signs appear on emergency services vehicles and clothing

Arm signals to persons controlling traffic

I want to go straight on I want to turn left; use either hand I want to turn right
Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency and Highways Agency Traffic Officers

These officers now have new powers to stop/direct vehicles and will be using hand signals and light signals similar to those used by police.
You MUST obey any signals given

School Crossing Patrols

Not ready to cross pedestrians

Barrier to stop pedestrians crossing

Ready to cross pedestrians, vehicles must be prepared to stop

All vehicles must stop

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