Regulatory road signs are road signs that give orders. The majority of regulatory signs are circular with a red outer ring or red circle which indicates a prohibition.

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Other familiar signs consist of a blue circle that give mandatory instruction. Blue circular road signs often are used to indicate a route to be taken by arrows or that only particular classes of vehicles may use a route. There are two exceptions for the regulatory order road signs shapes. These are the ‘STOP’ and ‘GIVE WAY’ road signs as illustrated below.

This section provides pictures and meaning for the most frequently used regulatory UK road signs.

Understanding these order road signs is essential in passing the theory test and the practical driving test. Once you have revised road signs for the theory test, take the theory test quiz for UK road signs.

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Once you have studied these regulatory order road signs and the various other types of road signs and feel confident in your ability to know them, take the road sign test quiz

Stop road sign

See Stop signs and lines law for driver and cyclists. Why are there stop signs and do you need to stop at a stop sign.

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Stop road sign
Give Way sign

See give way signs, rules, road markings and lines for further information.

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Give Way signNo entry sign

No entry for motor vehicles and including pedal cycles.

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No entry signNo vehicles sign

No vehicles except pedal cycles being pushed by hand sign.

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No vehiclesNO VEHICLES SIGN

No vehicles at specified times show on sign, except for access. The sign may be accompanied by an additional plate.

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No vehicles
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Except for access to premises or land adjacent to the road, where there is no other route. Other exemptions may be shown sign
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Exemption plate
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Except for loading and unloading by goods vehicles signOther Order Road Signs

These are common road signs that give you orders

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No motor vehicles sign
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No solo motorcycles sign
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No towed caravans sign
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No pedestrians road sign
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No motor vehicles except solo motorcycles sign
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No ridden or accompanied horses sign
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No goods vehicles over maximum gross weight shown in tonnes sign
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End of goods vehicles restriction sign
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No horse-drawn vehicles sign
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No articulated vehicles sign
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No cyclists road sign
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‘Clearway’ No stopping signNo local buses allowed sign

No local buses or vehicles designed to carry more than 8 passengers (excluding driver) allowed sign.

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No local buses sign
National speed limit road sign

Usually found on single carriageway ‘A’ roads. The national speed limit is the fastest legal speed limit for that particular road where the sign is located.

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National speed limit signLow bridge sign

Low bridge regulatory order road sign. Maximum height displayed in metric and imperial units. See low bridge signs for further information.

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No vehicles or combinations of vehicles over maximum length shown sign
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No vehicles over maximum width shown sign (width shown in metric and imperial units)
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No vehicles over the maximum gross weight shown in tonnes sign. The bottom plate is used where empty vehicles are exempt
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Low bridge sign
No waiting sign

A no waiting sign allows for a driver to for example, briefly stop the vehicle to allow a passenger to exit or enter the car. Any longer periods may be deemed as waiting. See no stopping and no waiting signs for further information.

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No waiting signNo overtaking sign

See no overtaking signs and road markings for details on when it is legal to overtake and when it is illegal. A solid white line in the centre of the road may also be in place where no overtaking road signs are placed.

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No overtaking signGive priority to oncoming vehicles sign

Where a road or bridge is very narrow, priority must be given to traffic from the other direction (there will usually be a “give way” line indicating where to wait)

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Priority signMultiple Order Signs on One Plate

Sometimes you may find multiple order road signs on a single white rectangular plate

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Specified traffic must not use verge maintained in mown or ornamental conditionSchool crossing patrol sign

Vehicles must not go beyond the sign where displayed by a school crossing patrol person.

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School crossing patrol sign
Stop Police sign

Vehicles must not go beyond the sign where displayed by a police officer or traffic warden.

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Stop police signNo Turning sign

This signs tell the driver that they must not turn

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No U-turn sign
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No right turn sign
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No left turn sign

What do blue road signs mean?

Blue circles generally give a mandatory instruction, such as ‘turn right’ or to provide information on lanes. Often they are used to indicate a route available only to particular classes of traffic, e.g. buses and cycles only. Blue rectangular road signs are used for informational purposes except on motorways where blue is used for direction signs. See blue road signs for further information.

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Proceed in direction indicated by the arrow sign
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Turn left ahead sign (right if symbol is reversed)
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Vehicles may pass either side to reach the same destination sign
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Keep left sign (right if symbol reversed)
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Mini-roundabout (give way to traffic from the immediate right) sign
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One-way traffic sign
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Route for pedal cycles only

Road signs test quiz

Once you have studied these regulatory order road signs and the various other types of road signs and feel confident in your ability to know them, take the road sign test quiz