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Get to Know Freeway Signs   

Exit Signs Entrance Ramp Signs
Entrance Signs Height Restriction Signs
Lane Indication Signs and Destination Name Indication Signs Uphill Slope Signs
Long and Steep Downhill Slope Signs Large Vehicles are Forbidden to Enter Inner Lanes” Signs 
“Road Construction” Signs Tunnel Signs

 


 1.Exit Signs 

Signs Description & Location
清水 Indirect Exit Signs (Graphics):
Installed before the exit and used to indicate the place and road after the exit.
In the example where the logo (plum blossom) of National Freeway No. 4 is drawn over the route, it means that this exit leads directly to National Freeway No. 4, and National Freeway No.4 leads to Fengyuan and Cingshuei.
In the example, the National Freeway No. 3 sign (plum blossom) indicates that National Freeway No. 4 leads to National Freeway No. 3 and “2000m” indicates 2000 meters to the exit.
 萬里 Indirect Exit Signs (Text):
Installed before the exit and used to indicate the place and road after the exit.
This example shows that this exit links to National Freeway No. 3, which leads to Wanli to the north and Mujha to the south, and National Freeway No. 5 can be accessed via National Freeway No. 3.

 2 km before exit

2 km before exit

 1 km before exit

1 km before exit

 Reduce speed – starting point of the lane

Reduce speed – starting point of the lane
 Exit ramp island Exit ramp


Things you may not know...

 

Sign Content Others Example
 Numbering of the freeways’ connecting roads.
  1. Numbering of the freeways’ connecting roads.
  2. The National Freeway logo is white with black text in the shape of a plum blossom. The number in the center of the flower is the number of the national freeway.
  3. Provincial highway logos are in the shape of a shield with white text on a blue background. The number (maximum two digits) is the number of the provincial highway.
  4. County road logos are square with black text on a white background. The number in the center (three digits) is the number of the county road.
    *National road numbering rules: north-south roads use odd numbers and east-west roads use even numbers. For example, the road commonly known as the Second Northern Highway is actually National Freeway No. 3, and the Airport Expressway is National Freeway No. 2.

 Freeway Signs

Provincial highway Signs

interchange

 Judung Hsinchu

  1. Indicates connections to the left and right of the interchange.
  2. The name marked on the left indicates the place to the left side of the connecting road.
  3. The name marked on the right indicates the place to the right side of the connecting road.
  4. English translations of names are based on the “Chinese  translation guide” by National Languages Committee.
 

 2.Entrance Signs

Signs  Names  Locations 
 Road numbers/direction signs Road number/direction sign 300 m into the acceleration lane.
 Speed limit signs Speed limit sign Installed on the right side of the freeway and the dividing island
 Place name and distance signs Place name and distance sign 900 m into the acceleration lane.
 Entrance Signs   Installed on the right side of the entrance ramp on the island where the ramp and the acceleration lane converge.

Things you may not know...

Signs Descriptions; Others
 Direction Indicator Signs Direction Indicator Sign
 
Indicating the current direction one is traveling.
 Road Number Signs Road Number Sign *National freeway numbering rules: north-south roads use odd numbers and east-west roads use even numbers. For example, the road commonly known as the Second Northern Highway is actually National Freeway No. 3, and the Airport Expressway is National Freeway No. 2.

 Maximum Speed Limit Signs

Minimum Speed Limit Signs

Maximum Speed Limit Sign

Minimum Speed Limit Sign

  1. Maximum speed limits for general road sections:: speed limits on major sections of the National Freeway.
  2. Speed limits for special sections (such as down-slopes, sections under construction and ramps) are set individually.
  3. The sections approaching toll stations require deceleration from 80 to 60 and to 40 kph and finally a complete stop at the toll collection point.

    The minimum speed limit for all sections, except toll stations, ramps and construction sites, is 60 kph.
 Place Names Place Name and Distance Sign
  1. Indicates place names where the next interchange and the following two interchanges connect and the distances from the current position.
  2. Calculation of distance: calculated from the current location to the center of the interchange.

 3.Lane Indication Signs and Destination Name Indication Signs 

Signs Names Descriptions
 Lane Indication Signs Lane Indication Sign Shows lane(s) that leads to the indicated place.
 Destination name direction signs Destination name direction sign Indicates destinations, direction, and road numbers that may be reached from the route taken

 

4.“Large Vehicles are Forbidden to Enter Inner Lanes” Signs

Signs Descriptions
 Large Vehicles are Forbidden to Enter Inner Lanes For traffic management purposes, parts of the two-lane sections are prohibited to large vehicles for entry to inner lanes.
 Large Vehicles are Forbidden to Enter Inner Lanes For traffic management purposes, parts of the three-lane sections are prohibited to large vehicles for entry to the inner lanes and second inner lanes (central lanes).
 Large Vehicles are Forbidden to Enter Inner Lanes For traffic management purposes, parts of the sections are prohibited to large vehicles for entry to the inner lanes, except when overtaking, with only one vehicle allowed at a time.

5.Tunnel Signs

Signs Descriptions
 Tunnel Signs For safety, please turn on your headlights when driving through tunnels.
 Tunnel Signs Due to poor visibility, changing lanes is forbidden in tunnels.

Things you may not know…

  1. Drivers who fail to turn on their headlights while driving inside tunnels may be fined up to NT$3000 according to Item 13, Article 9, of the Rules on Freeway Traffic.。

6.Entrance Ramp Signs

Content of Signs Category of Signs Descriptions

 Road Number Indication Signs

Position Indicator Signs

Direction Indicator Signs

Road Number Indication Signs

 


Position Indicator Signs

 


Direction Indicator Signs

Indicate the number of the national freeway the driver is about to enter after leaving the ramp
Indicate the position of the driver after leaving the ramp
Indicate driver’s direction
 汽車專用標誌 “Automobiles Only” Sign

According to Article 17 of the “Rules on Freeway Traffic”, the following are not permitted on freeways.

  1. Pedestrians
  2. Military troops or maneuvers
  3. Slow vehicles
  4. Motorcycles
  5. Pedicabs and motorized pedicabs.
  6. Farm vehicles
  7. All other equipment outside the category of automotive vehicles.
  8. Tow-trucks towing broken down vehicles not permitted on the freeways.
 Ramp Speed Limit Signs Ramp Speed Limit Signs Maximum speed allowed on the ramp.

7.Height Restriction Signs

Signs Description
 Height Restriction Signs Indicates that the maximum height allowed is 4.2 meters. The actual limit is indicated by the number on the sign.

Things you may not know…

Vehicles with a height over meters must have a special permit. Please submit your application to the Taiwan Area National Freeway Bureau, Ministry of Transportation and Communications.

8.Climbing Lane Signs

Signs Descriptions Location
 Uphill Slope Alert Signs

Uphill Slope Alert Signs

Installed 150 m before the starting point of the uphill slope lane
 Uphill Slope Signs

Uphill Slope Sign

Installed at the starting point of the uphill slope, indicating that the far right hand side lane has an uphill slope.
 Right Lane Ends Right Lane Ends Installed before the end of the uphill slope. The actual distance is marked on the signs.

9.Long and Steep Downhill Road Section Signs

Signs Descriptions
 Long and Steep Downhill Road Section Signs
Starting point of a long and steep downhill road section.
 Approaching a long and steep downhill road section - vehicles with heavy loads and trailers are allowed in the outer lanes only. Approaching a long and steep downhill road section - vehicles with heavy loads and trailers are allowed in the outer lanes only.
 Approaching a long and steep downhill road section - cautioning road users to drive with care. Approaching a long and steep downhill road section - cautioning road users to drive with care.
 End of the long and steep downhill road section. End of the long and steep downhill road section.

10.Road Construction Signs

Signs Descriptions Locations
 1KM Road Construction 1 km ahead Installed 1 km before the construction area to alert road users.
 300m Road Construction 300 m ahead Installed 300 m before the construction area to alert road users.
 0 m Road Construction Installed right before the construction area to alert road users.
 Right Lane Closed Signs “Right Lane Closed” alerts road users to stay in the left lane. Installed 1 km, 300 m and just before the closed area.
 Left Lane Closed Signs “Left Lane Closed” alerts road users to stay in the left lane. Installed 1 km, 300 m and just before the closed area.
 Center Closed Signs “Center Closed” alerts road users to stay in the right or left lane. Installed 1 km, 300 m and just before the closed area.
 Central Lane Closed Signs “Central Lane Closed” For multi-lane sections, when the central lane is under construction, signs will be set up before the construction site at appropriate intervals.

 
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Time printed:2017-10-18 AM 06:20:28
Date of Posting 2008-02-20
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