After the increase in the number of vehicles on the roads, it is even more necessary to regulate the mass movement in order to protect drivers and pedestrians. Road signs play an important role in road safety because it contributes to the legibility of the road. They are often incomprehensible and can cause the driver to hesitate, thereby increasing the risk of accidents. 

Reading the signs incorrectly forces drivers to take long detours, thus consuming too much fuel. To avoid this, it is important that the drivers know the different signs and moreover the signs must be clear, legible and easy to understand.

Below you will find the most common and important road signs in Mauritius:

Prohibition signs

It is easy to differentiate between the prohibition signs and the others because they are the only circular ones with a red border. They indicate an immediate ban.

Speed ​​limits

We all know that a lot of us are fans of F1 but unfortunately we cannot practice it on the roads, and you will find a lot of speed limits in Mauritius.. Speed ​​limit signs vary from 30 km / h to 110 km / h. Young or experienced driver, if you do not want to end up in a ditch or spinning, it is essential not to exceed them! With speed cameras scattered around the island, it is essential to respect the speed indications because all infractions related to speeding are punished with fines.

Speed limit on inner roads is usually 60 km/h

In Mauritius, the speed limit is set at 40 km / h in urban areas and 80 km / h on main roads. This speed limit remains the same when driving in rain, fog or other precipitation. On the motorway, the speed limit is 110 km / h. If there is precipitation, the limitation is reduced to 110 km / h.

No parking

In order to guarantee a harmonious flow, it is essential that certain locations remain free. These signs therefore indicate to road users a ban on parking on the roadway or shoulder, on the side where they are located. The parking ban ends at the next intersection.

No turning

The sign prohibiting turning to the left or to the right is a circular sign with a white background, bordered by a red border, crossed out with a red diagonal from the left and bearing in its center a black pictogram representing an arrow pointing to the right or left. It tells drivers that they cannot turn left or right at the next intersection.

No u-turns allowed.

Access prohibition

There are several signs indicating an access ban, including the most popular being to signal a prohibited direction or a ban on access to certain vehicles on specific roads.

Mandatory/Obligation signs

The obligation signs make it possible to bring to the attention of road users an obligation resulting from regulatory measures such as an obligation of direction, an obligation to use lanes reserved for buses, pedestrians, cyclists, etc. 

This round blue sign contains a white pictogram representing an arrow, or even two arrows if there is an option, indicating the route to follow. It may be accompanied by a placard giving details of the prescription, such as the distance, or the category of vehicles concerned. Compulsory signs usually indicate a compulsory direction or a minimum speed to be observed. Note that if you do not respect the minimum speed, you risk receiving a fine.

To inform users that a mandatory prescription ends, there will be a sign installed at the exit area affected by the obligation. With the exception of a red diagonal facing to the right, the end of obligation sign is almost similar to the obligation sign.

Warning signs

Unlike other traffic signs, danger signs are triangular in shape with a red line. Their ultimate goal is to warn, inform and report. In other words, they must encourage drivers to be vigilant and adapt their driving to the situation. 

Warning road signs Mauritius

Each danger sign has a symbol that informs users of the nature of the danger, the obstacle or the risk area encountered. They can announce a real danger (series of bends, narrowing of the roadway …) or probable (risk of crosswind, risk of pedestrian crossing …). If the inside of the sign is yellow, it is also a danger sign, but it will be temporary.

Indication signs

The end of indication sign announces an exit from the zone. Square in shape and blue in color, this sign represents a white pictogram crossed out with a red diagonal. It follows a similar zone entry sign, which uses the same pictogram, without the red diagonal.

These information signs provide essential data on the roadway, which allows users to move in complete safety. The purpose of the indication panel is to give you useful information on the road you are traveling, such as the presence of certain facilities, the type of lane, etc. This panel does not create any obligation, but provides information to the driver . Even if the indication signs do not imply any behavioral constraints.

Priority signs

When, during a journey, the driver crosses one of the priority signs, he must pay particular attention to the priority rules to be observed, in order to adopt safe driving.

  1. The STOP sign

Road signs are so ubiquitous that they are instantly recognizable, especially thanks to their octagonal shape, by motorists, bus and truck drivers and motorcyclists. Their job is to get drivers to come to a full stop at their height. This stop must be long enough to allow them to make visual checks to the left, to the right and then to the left again before committing. To allow users to clearly know where they should stop their vehicle, these elements are always accompanied by a marking on the ground, called “the stop line”.

  1. The “Give way” sign
Give way sign Mauritius

Unlike danger signs, the ‘Give way’ sign has a triangular shape, but its point is positioned downwards. Their presence near the roadway requires users to slow down the speed of their vehicles to exercise visual checks before entering a new traffic lane. If one or more vehicles are moving there, they will have to be given way until the lane is clear enough to enter.

Location signs

Mauritius is a very culturally rich country. Our beautiful country indeed counts many historical sites, and the panel of tourist or historical places shows us the location of these notable places.

The panels with a brown background, with a listed and inscription in white, are tourist location signs. They indicate the presence of natural spaces and parks, a road or a place listed in the heritage of the region for example museums.

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