NSW Road Signs Regulatory signs
Regulatory signs tell you about laws that must be obeyed.
Except for STOP, GIVE WAY and ROUNDABOUT signs, most regulatory signs are rectangles. They are usually black on a white background. Sometimes they also have a colour such as red. Some parking signs are green on white.
Some of the most common regulatory signs are shown on this page.
Warning signs tell you that there may be dangers ahead. They are usually black on a yellow background and are mostly diamond shaped.
Pictures, diagrams and symbols are used to alert you to danger.
Left image: Crossroads ahead. Centre image: The road you are travelling on ends, you must give way to all traffic. Right image: Road conditions will change ahead to two lanes of oncoming traffic.
Left image: The road ahead curves to the right. Centre image: There is a sharp right turn in the road ahead. Right image: Sharp bend to the left ahead
Left image: Road divides ahead. Centre image: Divided road ends ahead. Right image: Road narrows ahead.
Left image: A side road meets the road you are travelling on. Centre image: Winding road ahead. Right image: Give way sign ahead.
Left image: Stop sign ahead. Centre image: Pedestrian crossing ahead. Right image: Pedestrians may be crossing ahead.
Left image: Hospital ahead drive carefully. Centre image: Look out for bicycle riders. Right image: Road is slippery when wet.
Left image: There is a hump in the road ahead(a hump is a sudden slope up and then down) Centre image:Look out for kangaroos. Right image: As you approach the hill ahead, you will not be able to see a safe distance in front of you. Drive carefully.
Left image: The road ahead is under water (a stream for example). Right image: Grid ahead. A grid is a row of metal lengths across the road.
Left image: Beware of slow moving vehicles entering traffic. Right image: Narrow bridge ahead, slow down and be prepared to give way or stop.
Left image:This sign is used to advise drivers that the road ahead may be covered in floodwaters. Right image: This sign shows the depth of floodwaters across the road.
Advisory speed signs are sometimes used together with other signs. They show the maximum speed that is safe in good conditions.
Sometimes other signs are used together with warning signs to advise on how long you should look out for a particular hazard.
Road bends to right. 55 km/h maximum speed in good conditions.
When you see a sign with a picture of an animal, or words such as ‘stock crossing’, you may be approaching animals on or near the road.
You must slow down or stop to avoid crashing with them. Fines apply if you do not obey these signs.
Warning triangles for crashes and breakdowns
Vehicles with a GVM over 12 tonnes must place a minimum of three warning triangles in breakdown situations. See Heavy Vehicle Drivers’ Handbook for details.
Variable message signs
Variable Message Signs are large electronic signs placed on the side of some roads.
They display messages to warn motorists of changes in normal traffic conditions on the road ahead, such as fog, crashes, road works, congestion and road closures.
These early warnings help provide a safe and efficient traffic flow.
Motorway signs give information about the start and end of a motorway and the exits from a motorway.
Priority for buses
In a built-up area a bus that has a GIVE WAY sign displayed and signals its intention to pull out from its stopping place, has priority over other traffic, travelling in the left lane or left line of traffic.
Temporary roadwork signs
These signs are used at roadworks. Slow down, look out for any hazards and be prepared to stop. You must obey any signal from a traffic controller and give way to any worker.
Speed limit signs at work zones are enforceable and must be obeyed.