As a qualified driver, we should understand all of the common road signs when driving on the road. This understanding is essential not only for safety of all road users, but your safety as well! However, there are some of the more uncommon road signs that are often taken too lightly, or ignored most of the time, that we would like to encourage everyone to be more mindful to care about.
Here are some of the less common signs you may see on the roads and what they mean!
- This sign is commonly seen on the highway, which indicates that there is a shelter for motorcyclists in exactly 100m. Very helpful indication for our fellow Malaysian motorist when it rains!
- This sign can be seen nearby regular places to stop along the highway. It shows what facilities are available at the rest stops. This one offers parking, a prayer room, food, toilets, public telephone, petrol, and an ATM machine.
- The yellow sign reads “Reduce speed”, reminding drivers to slow down in this area. This sign also shows an entry point for a dedicated motorcycle lane.
- This sign says “Taxi stand” If the word “sahaja” is added, it indicates the lane or area can be used by taxis only.
- This sign indicates that there is a U-turn point ahead, but only light vehicles are allowed to U-turn. Heavy vehicles such as lorries are not allowed to make a U-turn here.
- This can be seen in residential areas. It reads “Be careful. Residential area. Slow down.” People could be walking or cycling and there are speed bumps in residential areas for public safety reasons.
- Sometimes seen in parking areas, this sign means only cars and motorcycles can park here.
- The sign reads “Tow-away zone.” Parking here will result in your car being towed. Even though this warning is rarely and erratically enforced, park at your own risk!
- This sign indicates that parking is prohibited at all times. Failure to do so will lead to a hefty fine of RM500.00!
- This sign says “Vendor and hawkers are prohibited to sell in this area”
Have you come across some other signs that are often taken for granted in Malaysia? Let us know!