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A Regulatory Sign is a sign instructing you that you must or must not do something. Typically, regulatory signs in the UK are circular and are red or blue. As well as imposing speed limits, such signs may direct or ban certain turns, prohibit entry by one or more types of vehicle or prohibit stopping on the carriageway. Regulatory sign designs are specified by the law and in the UK the current legislation is The Traffic Signs Regulations and General Directions 2016. Schedule 2 to the Regulations contain the standards for regulatory signs with Speed Limit Signs being covered in Schedule 10.

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Speed limits in both UK and Republic of Ireland are signed using white circular signs with a red border.

In the UK, the speeds are in miles per hour. The limits on the public highway range from 20 mph to 70 mph, in multiples of 10 mph, as the law only allows for this.

On private land, the law is a lot looser, with both DfT style signs expressing limits often as low as 3 mph, and non-regulation signs of all sorts of types.

In the Republic of Ireland the limits are in kilometres per hour, with the same basic style being used as the UK, but with a different, thinner, font used for the numerals and the addition of km/h under the number.


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Traffic Signs
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Regulatory Signs
Prohibitive OrdersGive Priority • Give Way • Maximum Height • Maximum Length • Maximum Weight • Maximum Width • No Buses • No Cycling • No Entry • No Explosives • No Motor Vehicles • No Overtaking • No Towed Caravans • No Turn • No Vehicles • School Crossing • Speed Limits • Stop • Stop / Go • No Stopping (Clearway) • No Waiting • Parking Restrictions • Red Route
Positive OrdersAhead Only • Keep Left / Right • Mini Roundabout • Minimum Speed • One Way Traffic • Turn Ahead • Bus Lane signs • Cycle Lane/Path signs • Tram Signs
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