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Regulatory signs

Regulatory signs inform you of traffic laws and regulations—they tell you what you, as a Queensland road user, must do by law in different situations (where it may not be otherwise obvious). Regulatory signs also include parking zone signs and can appear with supplementary signs.

Obeying these signs will help to protect:

  • you
  • your passengers
  • other motorists
  • cyclists
  • pedestrians.

Regulatory signs come in 4 distinct shapes:

  • octagons
  • rectangles
  • circles
  • triangles.

As a road user, you must obey all instructions on regulatory signs or risk getting a fine and points deducted from your licence. Local councils may have local restrictions relating to parking times and would be shown on or near the sign.

Sign Meaning
Stop sign

Stop sign

At a stop sign you must come to a complete stop and obey the give way rules.

Give way sign

Give way sign

At a give way sign you must slow down or stop, if required, and obey the give way rules.

Roundabout sign

Roundabout sign

At a roundabout sign you must: slow down or stop, if required, and give way to all vehicles already on the roundabout.

Keep left signKeep right sign

Keep left or keep right signs

At a keep left sign you must drive to the left of the sign.

At a keep right sign you must drive to the right of the sign.
No entry sign

No entry sign

This sign means you are not allowed to enter the area ahead. You must not drive past this sign.

No U-turn sign

No U-turn sign

If you see this sign you must not make a U-turn.

You can make a U-turn at any intersection without traffic lights, or any break in the centre island of the road, unless there is a no U-turn sign.
No left turn sign

No left turn sign

You must not turn left at an intersection or place with a no left turn sign.
No right turn sign

No right turn

You must not turn right at an intersection or place with a no right turn sign.

No turns sign

No turns sign

You must not:

  • turn right
  • turn left
  • make a U-turn.
You must drive in the direction of the arrow.
All traffic turn left signAll traffic turn right sign

All traffic turn (left or right) signs

You must turn in the direction of the arrow on the sign at the intersection.

Two-way sign

Two-way sign

Vehicles travel in both directions on this section of road.

You must drive to the left of the centre of the road if there is no dividing line.
U-turn permitted sign

U-turn permitted sign

You can only make a U-turn at traffic lights when there is a U-turn permitted sign.
One way sign
One way signOne way sign

One way sign

On 1 way streets and roads, you must only drive in the direction of the arrow.

Left lane must turn left sign Left lane must turn left sign

If you are in the left lane when you arrive at the intersection, you must turn left. If you do not wish to turn left, you should change lanes before you arrive at the intersection.

Right lane must turn right sign

Right lane must turn right sign

If you are in the right lane when you arrive at the intersection, you must turn right. If you do not wish to turn right, you should change lanes before you arrive at the intersection.
Left lane must exit sign

Left lane must exit sign

Anyone driving in the left lane of the freeway or motorway will need to exit up ahead. If you are in the left lane and do not wish to exit, you should change lanes.
Through traffic keep left

Through traffic keep left sign

Through traffic should keep left.
Through traffic keep right

Through traffic keep right sign

Through traffic should keep right.

Give way to pedestrians sign

Give way to pedestrians sign

You must give way to pedestrians crossing the road that you are turning into.
Give way to buses sign

Give way to buses sign

You must give way to buses in front of you that indicate they are going to drive out.

You will see this sign on the back of the bus.
Median turning lane sign

Median turning lane sign

You must turn right from the median turning lane at this sign, and give way to oncoming vehicles.

Shared zone signEnd shared zone sign

Shared zone signs

A shared zone is an area where pedestrians and vehicles share the road. You must give way to pedestrians and keep to the speed shown on the sign.

A shared zone sign will mark where the shared area begins and will show a speed limit for the area.

The shared zone will end when you see the end shared zone sign. If there are no other signs, the default speed limit and rules for giving way to pedestrians apply.  
Stop sign (hand held)

Stop sign (hand held)

Traffic controllers hold stop signs to help control traffic on work sites.

You must stop and stay stopped until the traffic controller allows you to drive through.
Pedestrian crossing sign

Pedestrian crossing sign

This sign lets you know a pedestrian crossing is on the road. You must give way to a pedestrian on a pedestrian crossing.

A pedestrian crossing is an area of a road with parallel white lines painted across the road.

See pedestrians and road rules to find out more.
Walk to island and wait for further signal sign

Walk to island and wait for further signal sign

Pedestrians will need to cross the road in 2 stages when this sign is at a set of traffic lights.

Children crossing sign
Hand-held stop sign

Children crossing sign

Children crossing flags are displayed near crossings around schools—before and after school hours when children are crossing the road. A children's crossing may be supervised.

School crossing supervisors use a hand held stop sign to stop traffic and allow children to cross the road safely.

You must give way to pedestrians on or entering the crossing.

You must wait until all pedestrians have crossed the road and the crossing supervisor has returned to the footpath.

See school zones, parking and pick-up to find out more.
Hospital zone sign

Hospital zone sign

A hospital zone is an area near a hospital where there are lots of pedestrians. You may need to drive at a slower speed.

School zone speed limit signs School zone speed limit signs School zone speed limit signs

School zone speed limit signs

A school zone speed limit sign will tell you the reduced speed limit that you must drive within when driving in the school zone. The sign also shows the times and days the speed limit applies.

Schools that have campuses on both sides of a road can have all day school zone speed limits (as children cross the road throughout the school day). These signs show the times the speed limit you must follow applies.

See school zones, parking and pick up to find out more.

Speed limit sign Speed limit sign Speed limit sign Speed limit sign Speed limit sign Speed limit sign

Speed limit signs

You must not drive faster than the speed limit shown in the circle. In poor conditions, it is safer to drive slower than the speed limit.

Read more about suburban speed limits.

End speed limit sign

End speed limit sign

This sign lets you know the previous speed limit has ended and the default speed limit now applies.
Area speed zone sign End area speed zone sign

Area speed zone signs

The speed limit area sign shows you the speed limit you must travel within in the zoned area.

A speed limited area is a network of local roads with these signs placed at the entry and exit of the area.

The end speed limit area sign lets you know when you have left the speed limited area and the default speed limit applies.

Read more about speed limits in suburbs.

Roadwork sign

Roadwork sign

This roadwork sign lets you know the road ahead is undergoing works.

The roadwork sign may have a speed limit sign displayed.
T2 transit lane sign End T2 transit lane sign
T3 transit lane sign End T3 transit lane sign

Transit lane signs

These transit lane signs show the start and end of a transit lane.

A T2 transit lane means you must have 2 or more people in the vehicle to use the lane.

A T3 transit lane means you must have 3 or more people in the vehicle to use the lane.

Buses, taxis, limousines, bicycles, and motorcycles can travel in transit lanes with or without passengers.

T2 transit lane restriction signT2 transit lane restriction signT3 transit lane restriction signT3 transit lane restriction sign

Transit lane restriction sign

You can only drive in a transit lane if you have the minimum number of people during the days and times shown on the sign:

  • T2 transit lane–2 people or more (1 driver, 1 passenger)
  • T3 transit lane–3 people or more (1 driver, 2 passengers).

Buses, taxis, limousines, bicycles, and motorcycles can travel in transit lanes with or without passengers.

Start freeway sign Start motorway sign End freeway sign End motorway sign Freeway entrance Freeway entrance

Freeway signs

Freeway signs let you know when you are about to enter onto a freeway, and where the freeway starts and finishes.
Wrong way—go back sign

Wrong way—go back sign

This sign prevents you from driving in the wrong direction along an exit ramp of a motorway.

If you do drive onto an exit ramp, stop and reverse back when safe to do so.

Emergency stopping lane only sign Emergency stopping lane only sign

Emergency stopping lane only sign

An emergency stopping lane is a marked lane or part of a marked lane, at the start of a freeway or motorway, kept free for emergencies.

You must not drive in a signed emergency stopping lane unless:

  • you need to drive there to avoid a crash
  • you need to stop in an emergency
  • your vehicle has become damaged or breaks down.
Prohibited on freeway or motorway signs Prohibited on freeway or motorway signs

Prohibited on freeway or motorway signs

Prohibited on freeway signs mean some road users cannot enter a freeway.

These signs list the types of road users not allowed to enter a freeway:

  • pedestrians
  • cyclists
  • mopeds
  • people riding an animal
  • drivers of a tractor or a piece of agricultural machinery.
Keep left unless overtaking End keep left unless overtaking sign

Keep left unless overtaking sign

You must not drive in the right lane unless:

  • there is an end keep left unless overtaking sign
  • the road is no longer multi-lane
  • you are driving in congested traffic
  • you need to turn right or make a U-turn
  • you need to avoid an obstacle
  • you come to a T-intersection or the road ends.
No overtaking or passing sign

No overtaking or passing sign

You must not overtake or pass another vehicle from this sign to:

  • a distance shown under the sign (e.g. no overtaking or passing next 2km)
  • the end of a narrow length of road (if the sign applies to a narrow length of road).

Passing means driving past vehicles travelling in the opposite direction for this sign.

No overtaking on bridge

No overtaking on bridge sign

You must not overtake another vehicle on the bridge.

Bridge load limit sign Bridge load limit sign

Bridge load limit signs

You must not drive past these signs if your vehicle weighs more than the amount shown on the sign.

This restriction applies to heavy vehicles approaching a bridge.

Gross load limit sign Gross load limit sign

Gross load limit signs

You must not drive past these signs if your vehicle weighs more or is longer than what is shown on the sign.

A detour sign will show a different route for vehicles that are too long or heavy.
Stop here on red signal sign Stop here on red arrow sign Stop on red signal sign

Stop here signs

You must stop on the red signal when you see these signs and follow the direction. You will see these signs with twin flashing lights where you would not have to stop normally.

Clearance sign Low clearance sign

Clearance and low clearance signs

You must ensure the highest point of your vehicle is less than the height shown on the sign. If your vehicle is higher you must not drive through.

A detour sign will show a different route for vehicles that are too tall.
Buses must enter Trucks must enter

Checking station entry signs

If you are driving a bus or a truck you must enter the area as directed by the sign.

Checking stations and weighbridges are set up on roads for buses and trucks to check their weight and length.

Trucks and buses must use low gear End truck and bus low gear area

Trucks and buses use low gear sign

Trucks and buses must drive in a gear low enough to limit their speed without relying on their primary brake. You will see this sign on steep routes.

An end truck and bus low gear area sign lets trucks and buses return to normal driving conditions.

Trucks use left lane sign

Trucks use left lane sign

Trucks must use the lane on the left.
Railway crossing signs Railway crossing sign Railway crossing sign Railway crossing sign

Railway crossing signs

These signs let you know there is a railway crossing and the number of tracks at the crossing.

Queensland Rail provides information on the safe use of rail crossings.
Bus lane sign

Bus lane sign

You must not drive in a bus lane unless you are driving a bus, taxi or limousine, or riding a bicycle.
Bus lane ahead sign

Bus lane ahead sign

This sign means the lane ahead operates as a bus lane during the days and times listed.
Truck lane sign

Truck lane sign

You must not drive in a truck lane unless you are driving a truck.
Tram lane sign

Tram lane sign

Tram lane signs let you know tram tracks are on the road and are for tram use only.
Tram only sign

Tram only sign

This sign lets you know the lane ahead is for trams.
Bus only sign

Bus only sign

This signs lets you know the lane ahead is for buses.
Bicycle lane sign

Bicycle lane sign

Bicycle lanes are for use by cyclists. You can stop or park in a marked bicycle lane unless there are signs or road markings prohibiting you from doing so.

You must give way to bicycles when moving into a bicycle lane.
Bicycle path only sign

Bicycle path only sign

This sign lets you know the path is for bicycles only.
Shared path sign

Shared path sign

This sign means pedestrians and cyclists must share the path.
Separated path sign Separated path sign

Separated path signs

These signs show the path is split—one side is for cyclists and one side is for pedestrians. You must stay on the pedestrian side if you are a pedestrian. You must stay on the bicycle side if you are a cyclist.
Pedestrians may cross diagonally sign

Pedestrians may cross diagonally sign

This sign lets pedestrians cross diagonally at traffic lights.

You will see this sign in central city locations on or near the traffic signal push button. It is also known as a scramble crossing.

No buses sign

No buses sign

A bus driver must not drive past a no bus sign.
No trucks sign

No trucks sign

A truck driver must not drive past a no trucks sign.
No bicycles sign

No bicycles sign

A cyclist must not ride past a no bicycles sign.
No pedestrians sign

No pedestrians sign

Pedestrians must not walk past a no pedestrians sign.

Parking zone signs

These regulatory signs let you know where you are allowed to park or stop. They show you:

  • the area zones for parking
  • what vehicles can park
  • the times and time limit you can be in the area
  • if payment is required.
Sign Meaning
Bus zone sign

Bus zone sign

A bus zone is length of road where buses can stop.
Taxi zone sign

Taxi zone sign

A taxi zone is length of road where taxis can stop, pick up or set down passengers.

You must not stop in a taxi zone unless you are driving a taxi.

Permit zone sign

Permit zone sign

A permit zone allows you to stop or park in the zoned area if you have a permit to do so.

Loading zone sign

Loading zone signs

You must not stop in a loading zone unless you:

  • are dropping off or picking up passengers (stopping no more than 2 minutes)
  • are dropping off or picking up passengers with a disability (stopping
    no more than 5 minutes)
  • are dropping off or picking up goods (stopping no more than 20 minutes)
  • have a commercial vehicle identification label (issued by the local government for that area)
  • are driving a bus, truck or commercial vehicle (stopping for no more than 30 minutes).

The sign may give a length of time for stopping. If so, you must follow the times displayed on the sign.

Truck zone sign

Truck zone sign

A truck zone is a length of road where trucks can park or stop.

You must not stop in a truck zone unless you are driving a truck.

Works zone sign

Works zone sign

A works zone is a length of road outside a work site where construction vehicles can stop and park.

Mail zone sign

Mail zone sign

A mail zone is a length of road near postal facilities where mail vehicles can stop and park.

You must not stop in a mail zone unless you are driving a postal service vehicle.

No parking signs
No parking sign

No parking signs

You are not allowed to park in this area at any time. If the sign has a time displayed you can park outside of those hours.

You may only stop to pick up or drop off passengers or goods for a maximum of 2 minutes, unless the sign allows a longer time. You must not leave the vehicle unattended.

Area parking control ahead sign

Area parking control ahead sign

This sign lets you know the area ahead is a controlled parking area.

A parking area sign will show the entry and exit of the parking area boundary.
No parking area signEnd no parking area sign No parking area sign No parking area sign

No parking area signs

You must not park in the signed area during the times displayed on the sign. You can park outside of the times displayed.
Parking area sign
Parking area signParking area sign

Parking area signs

These signs let you know what the parking restrictions are for the area and include:

  • the name of the parking area
  • how long you can park for
  • hours and days of the week and
  • if you need to pay at a parking meter.
For example, 2P on a sign indicates that you can park for up to 2 hours between the hours indicated. A ½ P sign indicates that you can park for a maximum of half an hour during the time specified. 
Parking sign
Parking sign
Parking sign
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Parking signs

Parking signs let you know where you can park on a section of the road.

The signs display parking information you need to know, they include:

  • how long you can park
  • where you can park
  • hours and days of the week that the parking rules apply
  • if you need to pay at a parking meter.

Parking where payment is needed will be shown on the sign. The sign will also direct you to where you pay at a parking meter. You can park for free outside of the parking meter times listed on the sign.

The letter P, on its own, means there is no time limit and you can park any time for any length of time. A number before or next to the P means there is a time limit for how long you can park within the hours signed.

Park in bays only sign

Park in bays only sign

You must only park in the available car parking bays.
No stopping sign No stopping sign No stopping sign No stopping sign No stopping sign

No stopping signs

You must not stop your vehicle at a no stopping sign.

The times on the sign mean that you cannot stop between the times shown and on the days shown. Unless another sign applies, stopping and parking is allowed outside the times and days shown.

Read more about road rules.
No stopping area sign No stopping area sign No stopping area sign End no stopping area sign

No stopping area signs

These no stopping signs let you know what the restrictions are for the area and include:

  • the name of the no stopping area
  • the times you must not stop.
Clearway sign Clearway sign Clearway sign End clearway sign

Clearway signs

You must not stop on a length of road that has a clearway sign unless you are driving a bus or taxi and are dropping off or picking up passengers.

If you park or stop in a clearway you may be fined and have your vehicle towed away.

This sign usually applies in peak hour traffic—the sign will show the hours that it applies.
Tow-away zone sign Tow-away zone sign

Tow-away zone signs

If you park or stop in a tow-away zone you may be fined and have your vehicle towed away. You must obey the rules of the car parking area.

These signs can be used with clearway signs.

Supplementary signs for regulatory signs

Supplementary signs are used along side warning and regulatory signs to provide extra information. You might see more than 1 regulatory sign used with another to provide more information on what you should do when approaching a structure or road obstacle.

Supplementary signs can provide information on restrictions for:

  • time
  • vehicles
  • direction
  • distance.
Sign Meaning
Authorised vehicles excepted sign Buses excepted sign Buses taxis excepted sign Trucks excepted sign
Police exceptedBicycles excepted

Exception signs

These signs let authorised vehicles go through a regulatory sign where other vehicles are not allowed. You will see exception signs used with regulatory signs.
Ahead arrow sign Ahead arrow sign

Ahead arrow sign

These ahead arrow signs are used on the side road to let you know a bus, transit or truck lane is ahead at the intersection.

These signs are placed with:

  • bus lane signs
  • transit lane signs
  • truck lane signs.
Ahead sign

Ahead sign

The ahead sign lets you know that lane restriction is ahead because it is only used with:

  • bus lane signs
  • transit lane signs
  • truck lane signs.
You must not drive in these lanes unless you have the required amount of passengers or are driving a bus, taxi or limousine, or riding a bicycle.
Time of operation sign Time of operation sign

Time of operation signs

A time of operation sign shows the time and days that the regulatory sign above it is in operation.

This sign my be used with:

  • no U-turn signs
  • no left turn and no right turn signs
  • no turns signs.
This sign will sit below the regulatory sign.
Distance and location sign
Distance and location sign
Distance and location sign
Distance and location sign
Distance and location sign

Distance and location signs

These distance and location signs let you know a single lane restriction is about to begin.

These signs are used with:

  • no U-turn signs
  • no left turn and no right turn signs
  • no turn signs.
At all times sign

At all times sign

Used with a regulatory sign to tell you that the restriction applies at all times.
One lane sign

One lane sign

You will see this sign at the beginning of a 1 lane bridge or other roadway with a give way sign. You must give way as there is only 1 lane available.
End sign

End sign

The end sign lets you know the previous regulatory sign restriction has ended.
Left lane sign Right lane sign

Left lane or right lane signs

These signs may be used with:

  • bus lane signs
  • transit lane signs
  • truck lane signs.
They show you the side the lane restriction applies to.
Left lane sign
Kerb lane
Centre lane sign
This lane sign
Arrow sign

Lane signs

You will see these signs as additional information for low clearance or clearance signs. These signs tell you that the clearance height applies to the lane or direction shown on the sign.

Disobeying road signs can lead to a fine

Find out about fines and demerit points if you don’t obey the road signs.

Last updated
16 December 2016
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