Traffic Signs: A simple guide to understanding road signs

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Around the globe, traffic signs are placed on roadsides for two reasons: smooth and orderly flow of traffic and safety of commuters. In Pakistan, road signs are based on the British road sign system. If you are new at driving, then you must first pass the road sign test before getting a driver’s license. This is why, it is imperative, to know all the traffic signs, symbols and what they represent and mean. Not following the traffic rules can get you in trouble with the law. 

The traffic signs are categorized as listed below:

  • Mandatory traffic signs
  • Informatory road symbols
  • Warning road signs
  • Hazardous traffic symbols
  • Constructions road signs
  • Highway traffic rules

Mandatory traffic signs

Mandatory road signs are an order, which everyone has to follow no matter what. Like for example no entry for motorbikes– it means bikes cannot enter this road if otherwise, he/she will be dealt with according to the law. The signs are normally placed in a circle shape or opposite triangle shape.


  • Informatory road symbols

Informatory road signs consist of information such as there is a hospital ahead, these signs also include help and direction.

parking-place-direction Hospital

  • Warning road signs

Warning road signs, as the name suggests are placed to warn the commuter about a situation such as sharp curve ahead or steep ascent, dangerous descent, slippery roads, road dips etc. coming your way.



  • Construction road signs

Construction road symbols are sub-type information road signs. They are generally in yellow such as work in progress, sorry for the inconvenience, roadworks 1 KM ahead, end of roadworks and any temporary restrictions, temporary lane closure etc. The purpose of these roadside traffic signs is to reduce the speed of the vehicle and to alert the driver to be careful while driving.


  • Highway traffic rules/symbols

These symbols are typically in blue, displayed all over the highway to provide information to the people traveling from there.

lahore left

no turn left

  • Hazardous traffic symbols

Hazardous traffic symbols are another type of information signs, which warns about explosive materials so that the commuter keeps its distance. Examples are as follow, Spontaneously combustible, Radioactive, Organic peroxide, Corrosive etc.

fire-aag flamable

Below is the list of traffic signs/symbols and their meaning, check the images.


The upper image consists of mandatory traffic symbols and signs.

Warning Signs

The picture shown above contains construction, warning and information traffic signs.

Information Road Sign

The above-shown image comprises of Highway roadside traffic signs.



This specific picture contains Hazardous and Warning signs.


Know thy traffic rules.

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