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    Road signs in Ireland

    Road signs are the standard means of regulating behaviour on the motorways in Ireland to communicate basic rules and regulations through simple graphics that can be understood easily. In most of the parts, these road signs usually appear generic and similar to those found in other places across Europe and beyond, but it is important to mention that road signs in Ireland may have a few unique differences and exceptions. For example, in Ireland, the “Give Way” sign (a red downward-pointing triangle on a white background), will read as “Yield”. In some Irish speaking areas, the same is read as “Geill sli”, printed in Irish Gaeilge.

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    Road signs Ireland include regulatory traffic signs (usually red and white), the motorway and mandatory traffic signs indicating traffic (usually white on blue background). There are also the warning signs in yellow and black shaped in a diamond that show an upcoming road hazard such as dangerous corners ahead. There are also the manual control signs at roadworks and the warning signs for roadworks which are usually orange in colour. These road signs, especially the information signs, are particularly handy for a tourist who needs guidance and help highlighting places of interest and directional signs that flags the nearest town or region.

    Above all, it must be emphatically stated that these road signs for driving test are of high importance on the Ireland Motorways and any failure to its compliance may attract stiff penalties.

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      Irish Road Signs are generally divided into four different aspects. These are Regulatory road signs, Warning road signs, Information road signs and motorway road signs.

      Warning signs are given as

      Dangerous corner ahead

      Dangerous corner ahead

      Roundabout ahead

      Roundabout ahead

      Roundabout ahead

      Mini-Roundabout ahead

      Roundabout ahead

      Merging traffic

      Two-way traffic

      Two-way traffic

      Dangerous bend ahead

      Dangerous bend ahead

      Series of dangerous bends ahead

      Series of dangerous bends ahead

      Series of dangerous corners ahead

      Series of dangerous corners ahead

      Restricted headroom

      Restricted headroom

      T-junction

      T-junction

      Dangerous Corner Ahead

      It is a right angled pointer and its pointer shows the driver which side, the road is going to make a sharp turn, It shows a very turn in any direction and no matter how much experienced you are, you need to take care of this sign and give more attention and use horn in this case.

      Roundabout Ahead

      It is a sign showing three arrows making a circle and pointing towards the next arrow showing that there is a big roundabout near you ahead and you should slow down and concentrate on the path carefully.

      Mini-Roundabout Ahead

      Ireland has a complex road structure and has roundabouts in most of its road junctions. This consists of three arrows making a circle with a small circle in the centre showing a small roundabout ahead. So you need to slow down and pass through it carefully.

      Merging traffic

      It is a sign showing that the two roads are going to merge ahead and all the traffic is going to pass through a single lane. The signs have two lanes merging at a point to show the merger of traffic.

      Two-way traffic

      It consists of two arrows pointing in opposite directions to show that the road has two lanes to let traffic go in both the directions divided by a concrete ridge. Also, each lane is further divided into fast and slow lanes. So, you must drive carefully whether the lane is fast and slow and drive accordingly.

      Dangerous Bend Ahead

      Sometimes this sign is confused with the dangerous corner but as both of them show the dangerous turn ahead. But the dangerous bend shows the presence of a steep curve whereas the dangerous corner shows the turn at right angles. On this road, you need to slow down and give horn to prevent any mishappening if two vehicles are crossing the turn at the same time.

      Series of dangerous bends ahead

      This is a snake-like looking sign showing there are multiple bends ahead on the road due to tough topography or rough roads. It is generally placed on the hilly areas and areas that pass through forests and other difficult areas.

      Series of dangerous corners ahead

      This sign contains an arrow with multiple sharp bends showing that the road ahead is going to take multiple sharp turns one after the other within the single lane only. This is to aware the drivers to slow down and look for the turns as it won’t be visible ahead for the upcoming vehicles.

      Restricted Head rooms

      It is a sort of restriction on the vehicles passing through this road. It shows the signs of allowing only a particular kind of vehicle to pass through as a vehicle with a limited height and width. If your vehicle does not fit in the specifications as given then you will face restrictions ahead.

      T-Junction

      It shows that the lane you are travelling in is going to enter the new straight lane or the lane is going to merge into a highway which has more traffic. While entering the wider road, you must take care of the other vehicles passing by as the speed of vehicles travelling on this road generally passes with higher speed.

      Junction Signs

      It shows the sign of merger of roads into wider long roads and presence of more traffic with vehicles of high speed that requires more care.

      Junction signs are :

      Crossroads

      Crossroads

      Side road

      Side road

      T-junction

      T-junction

      Y-junction

      Y-junction

      Staggered crossroads

      Staggered crossroads

      Advanced Warning Signs of Roads

      These driving test road signs insist to take certain actions ahead and warn regarding some condition so that the driver can take extra care while passing through these junctions.

      T-junctions of a dual carriageway

      T-junctions of a dual carriageway

      Crossroads with dual carriageway

      Crossroads with dual carriageway

      Crossroads

      Crossroads

      General Warning Signs

      The other warning signs are used to give information regarding upcoming hurdles or the movement of other things like animals, cyclists or a sudden change ahead like slippery road or sudden dip which might not get noticed through eyes only so that you can take the necessary precautions and do not fall into some mishappening.

      Drive on left

      Drive on left

      Safe height plate

      Safe height plate

      Low-flying aircrafts

      Low-flying aircrafts

      Road divides

      Road divides

      Merging/diverging traffic

      Merging/diverging traffic

      Dual carriage ends

      Dual carriage ends

      Traffic crossover ahead

      Traffic crossover ahead

      Overhead electric cables

      Overhead electric cables

      Traffic signals ahead

      Traffic signals ahead

      Pedestrian crossing ahead

      Pedestrian crossing ahead

      Slippery road ahead

      Slippery road ahead

      Road narrows on both sides

      Road narrows on both sides

      Road narrows from left

      Road narrows from left

      Road narrows from right

      Road narrows from right

      Tunnel ahead

      Tunnel ahead

      Cyclists

      Cyclists

      Start of a passing lane

      Start of a passing lane

      Lane loss

      Lane loss

      Start of a climbing lane

      Start of a climbing lane

      Loop road ahead

      Loop road ahead

      Sharp dip ahead

      Sharp dip ahead

      Series of bumps ahead

      Series of bumps ahead

      Sharp rise ahead

      Sharp rise ahead

      Wild animals ahead

      Wild animals ahead

      Sheep

      Sheep

      Cattle and farm animals

      Cattle and farm animals

      Accompanied horses and ponies

      Accompanied horses and ponies

      Crosswinds

      Crosswinds

      Steep descent ahead

      Steep descent ahead

      Steep ascent ahead

      Steep ascent ahead

      Danger of falling rocks

      Danger of falling rocks

      Unprotected quay, canal or river

      Unprotected quay, canal or river

      Level crossing ahead, guarded by gates or lifting barrier

      Level crossing ahead, guarded by gates or lifting barrier

      Level crossing ahead, unguarded by gates or lifting barrier

      Level crossing ahead, unguarded by gates or lifting barrier

      Level crossing ahead, guarded by gates or lifting barriers

      Level crossing ahead, guarded by gates or lifting barriers

      Stop when lights are red

      Stop when lights are red

      Automatic level crossing ahead

      Automatic level crossing ahead

      Chevron board (left)

      Chevron board (left)

      Chevron board (right)

      Chevron board (right)

      Tram Signs

      If there is a track for railway lines or a tram moving ahead then the tram signs are placed to make you aware of the network so that you can slow down, look both sides and when it is safe then only cross it.

      Tram lane crossing ahead

      Tram lane crossing ahead

      Chevron board (right)

      Tram lane warning signs for pedestrians (look left)

      Tram lane warning signs for pedestrians (look both sides)

      Tram lane warning signs for pedestrians (look both sides)

      Tram lane warning signs for pedestrians (look right)

      Tram lane warning signs for pedestrians (look right)

      Slippery for cyclists

      Slippery for cyclists

      Warning signs for schools and children

      To restrict the drivers from over speeding and to protect the children, road signs are placed in the way to mark the schools ahead.

      School ahead

      School ahead

      School children crossing ahead

      School children crossing ahead

      Children crossing ahead (in residential areas)

      Children crossing ahead (in residential areas)

      Warning signs for road work

      If there is construction work on the roads and men are at work to ensure the safety of the workers and the drivers both, road work warning signs are placed to make them use the safe way out of the sight.

      Road works ahead

      Road works ahead

      One-lane crossover (out)

      One-lane crossover (out)

      One-lane crossover (back)

      One-lane crossover (back)

      Move to right (one lane)

      Move to right (one lane)

      Move to left (one lane)

      Move to left (one lane)

      Move to right (two lanes)

      Move to right (two lanes)

      Move to left (two lanes)

      Move to left (two lanes)

      Obstruction between lanes

      Obstruction between lanes

      End of obstruction between lanes

      End of obstruction between lanes

      Start of central reserve or obstruction

      Start of central reserve or obstruction

      End of central reserve or obstruction

      End of central reserve or obstruction

      Lanes diverge at crossover

      Lanes diverge at crossover

      Lanes rejoin at crossover

      Lanes rejoin at crossover

      Two-lanes crossover (back)

      Two-lanes crossover (back)

      Two-lanes crossover (out)

      Two-lanes crossover (out)

      Single-lane (for shuttle working)

      Single-lane (for shuttle working)

      Two-way traffic

      Two-way traffic

      Road narrows from left

      Road narrows from left

      Road narrows from right

      Road narrows from right

      Road narrows on both sides

      Road narrows on both sides

      Offside lane (of two) closed

      Offside lane (of two) closed

      Nearside lane (of two) closed

      Nearside lane (of two) closed

      Offside lane (of three) closed

      Offside lane (of three) closed

      Nearside lane (of three) closed

      Nearside lane (of three) closed

      Two offside lanes (of three) closed

      Two offside lanes (of three) closed

      Two nearside lanes (of three) closed. Two alternative styles

      Two nearside lanes (of three) closed. Two alternative styles

      Offside lane (of four) closed

      Offside lane (of four) closed

      Nearside lane (of four) closed

      Nearside lane (of four) closed

      Two offside lanes (of four) closed

      Two offside lanes (of four) closed

      Two nearside lanes (of four) closed

      Two nearside lanes (of four) closed

      Side road on left

      Side road on left

      Side road on right

      Side road on right

      Site access on left

      Site access on left

      Site access on right

      Site access on right

      Temporary traffic signal ahead

      Temporary traffic signal ahead

      Flagman ahead

      Flagman ahead

      Slippery road

      Slippery road

      Loose chippings

      Loose chippings

      Queues likely

      Queues likely

      Hump or ramp

      Hump or ramp

      Pedestrian cross to right

      Pedestrian cross to right

      Overhead electric cables

      Overhead electric cables

      Pedestrian cross to left

      Pedestrian cross to left

      Uneven surface

      Uneven surface

      Detour ahead

      Detour ahead

      Detour to left

      Detour to left

      Detour to right

      Detour to right

      Road closed

      Road closed

      Diverted traffic left

      Diverted traffic left

      Diverted traffic

      Diverted traffic

      Diverted traffic

      Diverted traffic

      Diverted traffic

      Diverted traffic

      End of detour

      End of detour

      Detour destination

      Detour destination

      Manual Signs for Traffic control at road

      The signs to direct the vehicles on the way to move.

      Flagman ahead

      Flagman ahead

      Stop

      Stop

      Either form of go can be used

      Either form of go can be used

      Either form of téigh can be used

      Either form of téigh can be used

      Regulatory Traffic Signs

      Traffic control signs are used to regulate the vehicles in a specific order. These are primarily for the new drivers entering the area to inform them about the rules which when violated might attract stiff penalties and to make them aware all the time during their journey so that they don’t forget to follow it.

      Stop

      Stop

      Yield

      Yield

      School wardens stop sign

      School wardens stop sign

      Parking prohibited

      Parking prohibited

      No left turn

      No left turn

      No entry or ‘No straight ahead’

      No entry or ‘No straight ahead’

      No right turn

      No right turn

      Clearway

      Clearway

      Max speed limit 30kmh

      Max speed limit 30kmh

      Max speed limit 50kmh

      Max speed limit 50kmh

      Max speed limit 60kmh

      Max speed limit 60kmh

      Max speed limit 80kmh

      Max speed limit 80kmh

      Max speed limit 100kmh

      Max speed limit 100kmh

      Max speed limit 120kmh

      Max speed limit 120kmh

      No ridden or accompanied horses

      No ridden or accompanied horses

      No bicycles

      No bicycles

      Maximum gross weight (traffic management)

      Maximum gross weight (traffic management)

      Maximum vehicle length

      Maximum vehicle length

      Maximum vehicle width

      Maximum vehicle width

      No entry to vehicles

      No entry to vehicles

      Maximum axle weight

      Maximum axle weight

      No overtaking for three-axle vehicles

      No overtaking for three-axle vehicles

      No horse carriages

      No horse carriages

      No horse carriages

      Height restriction

      No overtaking

      No overtaking

      Taxi rank

      Taxi rank

      No horse carriages

      No entry for large vehicles (by reference to weight)

      No U-turn

      No U-turn

      End of the restriction zone

      End of the restriction zone

      Parking permitted

      Parking permitted

      Pedestrianised street

      Pedestrianised street

      Zonal restriction – parking of large vehicles

      Zonal restriction – parking of large vehicles

      Disc parking plate

      Disc parking plate

      Mandatory Turns at Junctions

      To show the one way turns ahead which are compulsory to take and follow to move ahead on the path.

      Turn left ahead

      Turn left ahead

      Turn right ahead

      Turn right ahead

      Turn left

      Turn left

      Turn right

      Turn right

      Straight ahead

      Straight ahead

      Keep left

      Keep left

      Keep right

      Keep right

      Pass either side

      Pass either side

      Mini roundabout

      Mini roundabout

      Other Manual Work Signs for work at road

      Stop

      Stop

       Either form of Go

      Either form of Go

       or Téigh can be used

      or Téigh can be used

      Stop

      No entry for pedestrians to tramway

      No entry to goods vehicles (by reference to number of axles)

      No entry to goods vehicles (by reference to number of axles)

      Contra flow bus lane

      Contra flow bus lane

      With flow bus lane on right

      With flow bus lane on right

      With flow bus lane on left

      With flow bus lane on left

      Tram lane on left

      Tram lane on left

      Tram lane on right

      Tram lane on right

      Start of cycle track

      Start of cycle track

      End of cycle track

      End of cycle track

       In a tunnel goods vehicles cannot use right-hand lane (by reference to number of axles)

      In a tunnel goods vehicles cannot use right-hand lane (by reference to number of axles)

      Electronic periodic speed limit sign

      Electronic periodic speed limit sign

      Electronic periodic speed limit sign at school

      Electronic periodic speed limit sign at school

      Variable speed limit

      Variable speed limit

      Tram only street ireland

      Tram only street ireland

      Turn back

      Turn back

      Tram and access only street

      Tram and access only street

      Bus only street

      Bus only street

      Pedestrians and bicycles only

      Pedestrians and bicycles only

      Separate bicycle and pedestrian lanes

      Separate bicycle and pedestrian lanes

      Traffic Lane Signs

      To direct the drivers for the possible way ahead and to manage the movement of traffic by allowing a specific lane to move at a time.

      Go (Lane open)

      Go (Lane open)

      Stop (Lane closed)

      Stop (Lane closed)

      Move into the right-hand lane

      Move into the right-hand lane

      Move into the left-hand lane

      Move into the left-hand lane

      Variable Message Signs

      To show the information other than the traditional traffic road signs.

      Overhead VWS

      Overhead VWS

      Mobile VMS displaying text message

      Mobile VMS displaying text message

      Mobile VMS displaying chevrons

      Mobile VMS displaying chevrons

      VMS chevron formats

      VMS chevron formats

      Road Signs providing information

      These are the rectangular boards providing information for drivers to help them know about the interstate roads, the nature of path, movement of cyclists, pedestrians and other fellow drivers.

      Advance Information Signs

      To make the drivers aware of the road type, the speed limit on it and to know about the vehicles and the traffic on the road.

      Motorway

      Motorway

      National road

      National road

      Regional road

      Regional road

      National road

      National road

      Lane destination sign

      Lane destination sign

      Dublin Port Tunnel ahead

      Dublin Port Tunnel ahead

      Advance Direction Signs

      These are to show the national highway instructions, path for nearest stop, upcoming destinations with the distance between them and more.

      Motorway direction sign

      Motorway direction sign

      National road direction signs

      National road direction signs

      Regional road direction sign

      Regional road direction sign

      Local road direction sign

      Local road direction sign

      Town or village sign

      Town or village sign

      Destination distance sign

      Destination distance sign

      Slow lane sign

      Slow lane sign

      Cul-de-sac

      Cul-de-sac

      Disabled persons parking bay

      Disabled persons parking bay

      Airport symbol

      Airport symbol

      Industrial estate symbol

      Industrial estate symbol

      Ferry symbol

      Ferry symbol

      Alternative route for high vehicles

      Alternative route for high vehicles

      Lay-by ahead sign

      Lay-by ahead sign

      Hospital ahead sign

      Hospital ahead sign

      Lay-by sign

      Lay-by sign

      Hospital sign

      Hospital sign

      SOS lay-by

      SOS lay-by

      Car park with facilities for disabled person

      Car park with facilities for disabled person

      Speed camera

      Speed camera

      Advance information sign for low clearance

      Advance information sign for low clearance

      Alternative route for heavy vehicles

      Alternative route for heavy vehicles

      Traffic calming sign

      Traffic calming sign

      Speed limit change ahead

      Speed limit change ahead

      Traffic calming sign

      Traffic calming sign

      Supplementary plate

      Supplementary plate

      Ramps on road

      Ramps on road

      Tourist Information Signs

      This is to direct the travelers about the type of road and the vehicles which are allowed to move, the next destination on the road and the upcoming places like the ferry sign, nearest village, industrial region and much more.

      Advance sign for facilities in lay-by

      Advance sign for facilities in lay-by

      Advance sign for lay-by with tourism information

      Advance sign for lay-by with tourism information

      Tourist Information Signs

      Tourist Information Signs

      Advance direction to local services

      Advance direction to local services

      Sign to approved tourist information points

      Sign to approved tourist information points

      Signing to approved tourist information

      Signing to approved tourist information

      Tourist advance direction sign

      Tourist advance direction sign

      Tourist attraction direction sign

      Tourist attraction direction sign

      Pedestrian sign to a car park

      Pedestrian sign to a car park

      Pedestrian sign to a tourist attraction

      Pedestrian sign to a tourist attraction

      Alternative route off the motorway

      Alternative route off the motorway

      Motorway Signs

      To make the drivers aware of the road type that they are currently driving on the road and about the road type that they are going to enter in the upcoming region.

      Motorway ahead

      Motorway ahead

      Motorway ahead

      Motorway ahead

      Advance direction sign

      Advance direction sign

      300m to next exit

      300m to next exit

      200m to next exit

      200m to next exit

      100m to next exit

      100m to next exit

      The motorway ends 1km ahead

      The motorway ends 1km ahead

      Motorway ends 500m ahead

      Motorway ends 500m ahead

      End of motorway

      End of motorway

      Route confirmatory sign for M7

      Route confirmatory sign for M7

      Advance direction for destination

      Advance direction for destination

      Entry to motorway

      Entry to motorway

      Toll plaza ahead

      Toll plaza ahead

      Toll charges

      Toll charges

      Toll plaza information sign

      Toll plaza information sign

      Garda only

      Garda only

      Authorized vehicles only

      Authorized vehicles only

      Typical 2km next exit sign

      Typical 2km next exit sign

      Motorway service plaza

      Motorway service plaza

      Route confirmatory sign with Euro Route marker plate

      Route confirmatory sign with Euro Route marker plate

      Typical lane gain sign

      Typical lane gain sign