Who Should Obey Diamond-Shaped Traffic Signs
What should obey diamond-shaped traffic signs?
These signs apply only to tram drivers, but drivers and pedestrians shouldn’t ignore them. Understanding the meaning of each diamond sign in the Highway Code is essential. You need to be aware of priorities, and the knowledge will help you anticipate the actions of any nearby tram drivers.
What do the signs look like?
The signs are diamond-shaped with a black border and a white background. If the sign is permanent, the text will be written in black. If the sign is temporary, the text will be written in red.
Below we’ve put together a list with pictures and descriptions for each diamond traffic sign in the Highway code.
Speed limit signs for tram drivers
Tram drivers cannot exceed the speed stated on this sign. The speed limit is in kilometres per hour, and it’s a mandatory sign, so keep this in mind if you’re travelling on a shared route.
Temporary tram signs have a black border, white background and red text. The signs warn tram drivers of temporary speed restrictions. Although the text colour is different, the signs are still shaped like a diamond.
Give way sign for trams
This sign instructs tram drivers to give way to other trams and vehicles. If the driver is travelling in an area where trams and other road users share the road, they will need to stop their tram and give way if they approach this sign and there’s traffic up ahead!
Stop signs for trams
Tram drivers must stop the tram at this sign and wait till it is safe before moving off again. Be prepared to stop if you spot this sign while behind a tram in a shared space,
As shapes go, diamond signs are unique in the Highway Code. But, as they’re just for tram drivers, they’re shaped in a way to make it easy for other road users to tell them apart from typical traffic signs.
You do not have to obey these signs, but you shouldn’t ignore them. Understanding each of these signs can help prevent accidents between drivers and trams.
Diamond-shaped signs can be found on and off public highways, so it’s important to keep your eyes peeled around tram stations and crossings. If the public highway is shared between trams and other traffic, the speed limit for trams will usually be lower than that of other motor vehicles.