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Signs and Markings

The law requires all persons to obey  all signs and markings on the island and traffic lights.  Motorists and cyclist should approach all signs with cautions and they should obey all traffic signals.


Pedestrians should also pay attention and know all road signs.  They are encouraged to pay special attention to signs regarding crossing the road.


Red Lights

A solid red light means that you must stop your vehicle at the marked stop line or the pedestrian crossing or stop before entering the intersection. Wait until the light changes to green and until the intersection is clear of traffic before moving off.


On some stop signals a red arrow may be displayed.  This means that you are prohibited from entering the intersection and going in the direction of the red arrow. A flashing red signal on a traffic control signal mean you MUST bring your vehicle to a stop and proceed only when it is safe to do so.



Amber Lights

A solid amber signal indicates that the red signal is about to appear.  An amber signal never precedes a Green Signal.  When presented with an amber signal, you should be prepared to stop your vehicle.  You may proceed only if the amber appears after you have entered the intersection or are so close to it that to stop might cause an accident.  Do not accelerate when you see an amber signal. 


A flashing amber signal on a traffic control signal mean you may proceed with caution. On some traffic control signals, an amber arrow may appear after a green signal.  When you see the amber arrow, it means that a red arrow or full red signal is about to appear.  Stop your vehicle if you can do so safely or proceed with caution only in the direction of the arrow. 


A flashing amber arrow signal means you may proceed with caution only in the direction indicated by the arrow.



Green Lights 

A solid green light means that you may proceed, providing you give way to other traffic lawfully using the intersection. When making a turn on a green signal, remember that pedestrians crossing the intersection roadway on the green have the right-of-way.


When a green arrow is shown (with or without a red or amber signal you may enter the intersection to move only in the direction shown by the arrow.  If two arrows are shown, you may move only in the directions shown by the arrows.



Signs and Road Markings

  • You should know your traffic signs and road markings.  Please obey them.
  • Signs are divided into three classes by shape. 
  • Circular signs give orders
  • Blue circles give positive orders or command
  • Red circles or white circles with red borders give negative orders or prohibition
  • A triangle with its apex upward warns of hazards ahead
  • A rectangular sign informs.
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The ‘stop’ sign consists of a red eight-sided plate with a white border on which the word “STOP” is written in white letters. The ‘Give Way’ sign is a white triangle with the apex facing downward.  It has a red border and the words GIVE WAY printed in black letters.



Transverse Road Markings

The ‘Stop Line’ is a single solid white line 30cms (12 inches) wide that extends across the width of the lane or lanes to which the message applies


The Give Way line  is a single broken white line across the lane or lanes to which the message applies.  It may be supplemented by a ‘Give Way’ sign or a white triangle painted on the approach apex pointed towards the approaching motorists, indicating that they should give way to all other traffic in the intersection.  


A pedestrian crossing (or zebra crossing) is marked by a transverse box divided into alternating longitudinal black and white stripes which may be preceded by a ‘stop line’.



Longitudinal Markings

The carriageway may be divided into streams of traffic proceeding in opposite directions by an arrangement of yellow centre lines and these are:


-A broken yellow line which is a hazard warning line.  Do not cross this line unless you can see that the road well ahead is clear and that it is safe to do so.  


-A solid yellow line which signifies that visibility conditions make it unsafe to cross the centre line at that point.


-Where a broken yellow line runs next to an unbroken yellow line, the driver for whom the broken line is nearer may cross over the centre lines while overtaking or performing any other manoeuvre, provided that the road well ahead is clear and that it is safe to do so.  The driver for whom the unbroken line is nearer is not to cross over the centre lines.


-Where two unbroken yellow lines run next to each other the driver must not cross the centre lines while overtaking or performing any other manoeuvre.


Lanes may be marked on the carriageway by longitudinal continuous or broken white lines.  You should not change lanes where there is a continuous white line.



Other Road Markings

Areas of yellow or white stripes or chevrons painted on the road are to separate traffic steams liable to be a danger to each other or to protect traffic turning right.  Do not drive over these areas if you can avoid doing so.  Where the area is enclosed with a solid yellow line you must not enter the area except in an emergency.



Hand Signals 

Motorists and cyclists should use signals to assist or warn other road users and it is important that the correct signals are used at all times.

Signals should be clear and in good time.  


Here are some hand signals which can be used:

-Moving Off From A stationary Position Extend your right hand and arm horizontally with the palm of your hand turned to the front.

-Right Turn Signal

When turning right or about to move out to the right across traffic, extend the right hand and arm horizontally with your palm turned to the front.


 -Left Turn Signal

Extend the right arm and hand horizontally straight out from the off side of the vehicle and then carry them forward and towards the near side with a circular sweep on a level with the shoulder.  Alternatively, extend the right arm and hand horizontally straight out from the off side of the vehicle and then carry them upwards and over the top of the vehicle palm facing down. -Slow down or stop signal

Extend the right arm and hand horizontally with the palm of the hand turned downwards and move the arm slowly and repeatedly downwards and upwards keeping it below the level of the shoulder.



Mechanical Signals

When using the indicators that come on your vehicle make sure that you cancel tehm immediately after use.  Watch out for the signals used by other drivers and take the necessary action promptly and carefully.  If a driver of another vehicle concedes the right of way and signals you to turn or come out of a side road, do so with extreme care, as he may not be aware of other fast moving vehicles that neither he nor you can see. 


You must obey signals given by police officers, traffic wardens or transport inspectors in uniform directing traffic or signs displayed by school crossing officers.