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Various Uses for the No Traffic Sign

August 6, 2018

A “no traffic sign” prohibits vehicles or pedestrians from certain actions on city streets and highways. These signs come in various sizes, shapes, and colors, but many of them are familiar to most drivers. Here are some facts to consider when investing in no traffic signs for your school, homeowners association, apartment complex, or any other property near frequent traffic:

Common Prohibitory Signs

  • No Traffic Signs
  • Wrong Way / Do Not Enter
  • Stop / No Thru Traffic
  • Danger / No Pedestrian Traffic
  • Private Road / No Trespassing
  • No Passing Ahead
  • No Parking Any Time
  • No Construction Traffic
  • No Motorcycles
  • No Bicycles
  • No U-Turn

Various other signs exist that prohibit making a left or right turn, entering a closed road, or driving straight ahead and some signs provide messages about changes in driving conditions. “Do Not Enter” signs are commonly square-shaped with a white background and round edges. A red circle in the center encompasses the white text. A white bar balances between the words “Do Not” and “Enter” in the center of the circle.

Sometimes, the text is left off a no traffic sign completely — but not all drivers may be aware of what an image alone means. Just to be safe, using text provides stronger, clearer communication. In some cases just an image is needed on a no traffic sign if its meaning is widely known in your community. If you are unsure whether to include text on a no traffic sign, it may be helpful to take a survey of drivers to find out which signs with images they understand.

Heavy Vehicle Prohibitory Signs

  • No Trucks Except Delivery
  • No Heavy Goods Vehicles
  • No Buses
  • No RV Parking

Not all roads have a strong enough foundation and surface to support big rigs and other heavy vehicles. Professional truck drivers are well aware of looking out for weight and height limits. Some facilities simply don’t want big trucks to block or slow traffic. Usually large parking lots accommodate loading zone areas for big, long, heavy trucks.

Most buses follow specific routes at specific times and make stops in specific locations, so it’s helpful for public transportation passengers to see a sign that confirms exactly where they can catch the bus. At the same time, many organizations don’t want buses making random stops in front of their properties. The same is true of RVs and other large vehicles, so a no traffic sign is necessary to discourage them from taking up several parking slots.

You can make visitors to your property feel safer by posting a no traffic sign where danger or inconvenience might be present. Protecting pedestrians and other drivers should be a top priority for every organization that attracts cars and people. For more information about how a no traffic sign can help your establishment, call Zumar at our Arizona, California or Washington location.

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