|Priority over oncoming vehicles|
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The priority over oncoming vehicles sign is a relatively new design, primarily used at points where roads which are generally wide enough for two-way traffic are briefly restricted to a single track. In the past, general driving courtesy seems to have prevailed at such locations, but nowadays it is seen as desirable to precisely sign the priority. They can be seen at narrow bridges, pinch points where old buildings project or overhang, and other similar sites.
Of course, much of this may have been precipitated by the rash of traffic calming schemes that sprang up in the 1990s. One common design was to create a false pinch point by inserting a traffic island into one carriageway and forcing traffic to giveway to the clear side of the road. They were often paired in such a way that traffic could escape the central zone.
The sign itself features two arrows within a blue rectangular plate. A large white arrow on the left pointing upwards, or forwards, and a smaller red arrow on the right pointing down to indicate priority over oncoming traffic. It may be, and usually is, accompanied by a plate bearing the words Priority over oncoming vehicles and is normally paired with a Give Priority sign facing the other way.
There was no standard equivalent of this sign in the pre-Worboys era.
There does not appear to be an Irish equivalent at present.