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July 22, 2006 12:03 AM

Broken: Road signs stack

StoptruckPaul Schreiber points out a picture from Julian Missig's Flickr photostream:

What is this series of signs together trying to tell drivers?


It's easy. You have to stop the truck then turn left or go straight through except when turning right. Although given the space between the no right turn sign and the except right turn sign it seems that there is a sign missing. Maybe that sign would have cleared things up but I guess we'll never know.

Posted by: lefty-chef at July 22, 2006 12:59 AM

Weird, at first glance, I thought the bottom most sign said "left right turn," which really would be broken. :p

Posted by: James at July 22, 2006 01:00 AM

as far as i can tell, the sign means that you do not have to stop if you are turning right, unless you are driving a truck, in which case you can't turn right at all

Posted by: Aaron Davis at July 22, 2006 01:08 AM

Stop sign always means "everything must stop" (even bicyclists, technically). I read it all as "Stop, beware of truck crossing, no right turns." It almost looks like a fourth sign fits below that and above the "except right turn" which may explain more, as lefty said.

Posted by: klew at July 22, 2006 01:42 AM

No matter how anyone interprets the signs, the fact that they must be interpreted makes them broken by default because road signs are expected to be understood rapidly while driving.

Posted by: Chris at July 22, 2006 01:44 AM

I don't think that there is a "fourth sign" fits in the space between the "no right turn" and the "except right turn". There is some sort of device sitting there. I am not sure what it is. I was able to find the photo in its original glory at

Posted by: ebob at July 22, 2006 10:44 AM

No right turn except for trucks.

Posted by: Dennis at July 22, 2006 12:13 PM

Thought I'd give my 2 cents. The sign seems to contradict itself, by saying "no right turn", followed by a reflector thingy, then "except right turn." Huh. Oh! I see! How stupid of me! You may not make a right turn, except when making a right turn!

Posted by: Ducky at July 22, 2006 09:35 PM

the problem is the ordering of the signs. After looking at it, here's what I think: Stop, except for right turns. Trucks: no right turns. Just because I can tell what it means doesn't mean its fine. Signs on the road need to be understood in a couple seconds, and that took way too much thinking. If I came to that intersection, I'd probably just stop and then decide what to do.

Posted by: bobval at July 22, 2006 10:04 PM

Wow, finally, something that's actually BROKEN! Great post!

Posted by: ambrocked at July 23, 2006 11:40 AM

That is incredibly broken,

Posted by: Lead Head at July 23, 2006 05:34 PM

The device I think is a flashing red light... I have seen stop stigns with them before, so your attention is grabbed... have not seen 1 like this before though...

Posted by: infinity3060 at July 23, 2006 09:57 PM

What's funny is if you look to the right there are truck trailers over there.

Posted by: John at July 24, 2006 12:32 AM

Definitely broken. The cluster of signs is obviously maintained by the "Good Enough For Government Work" department.

I would hazard to say the various signs should be read as:

Stop except for right turn and Trucks no right turn allowed.

But to be sure you would need to see the signs from the other directions.

Posted by: David at July 24, 2006 09:21 AM

That light between the two signs probably is an emergency vehicle light.

Posted by: thylacine222 at July 24, 2006 12:05 PM

it looks like it is next to a trucking depot.. maybe the sign is telling people that that road is only for Trucks?

Posted by: infinity3060 at July 24, 2006 06:53 PM

It means stop, and wait 10 secs or however much time needed to think this out.

Posted by: Sean at August 6, 2006 07:05 AM

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