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National Road Traffic Act, 1996 (Act No. 93 of 1996)


National Road Traffic Regulations, 2000

Chapter IX : Road Traffic Signs and General Speed Limit

Part I : Road traffic signs

287. Manner of display of road signs and road signals


(1) Subject to the provisions of this Part, a road sign or a road signal shall—
(a) be displayed on a public road where its significance is applicable, to face oncoming traffic;
(b) be placed in a position and at a height which is the most advantageous with regard to the design, alignment ,and other features of the public road concerned; and
(c) be displayed substantially in conformity with:
(i) the Southern African Development Community Road Traffic Signs Manual Volume One and Four; and
(ii) the South African Road Traffic Signs Manual Volume Two and Three.

[Regulation 287(1)(c) substituted by regulation 36 of Notice No. R. 881 of 2004]


(2) A temporary road sign shall only be used for a temporary condition.


(3) Where an association or club is authorised to display a road traffic sign as referred to in section 57(6) of the Act, no badge or other token on any such road traffic sign shall be outside the outline of such road traffic sign: Provided that in any case where this is not possible, it shall be in the immediate proximity to the junction of the road traffic sign with the standard or post and contained in an area not exceeding 10 percent of the area of the face of such sign: Provided further that in all other cases the badge or token may be placed where space is available on the road traffic sign, preferably in a corner, but the nearest edge of the badge or token shall not be more than 100 millimetres from the edge of the road traffic sign.


(4) If a road sign or road signal is mounted over a portion of the roadway, the minimum clearance between the underside of the sign or signal and the road surface shall be five comma two metres, except for signs R204, W415 and W320.


(5) In the case where two road traffic signs are in conflict with one another—
(a) a temporary road traffic sign shall take precedence over any other sign;
(b) subject to paragraph (a), a control regulatory sign and a traffic signal shall have precedence over any other sign; and
(c) a bus, midibus or minibus stop sign shall take precedence over a parking or stopping sign including a no parking and no stopping sign.



(a) A road traffic sign may be used in combination with another road traffic sign on the same post to—
(i) selectively restrict the application of the road traffic sign by displaying a two part message where the lower message modifies the significance of the upper message;
(ii) improve the comprehensibility of the sign by means of a warning sign or supplementary information plate; and
(iii) improve the conspicuity of the road traffic sign as contemplated in subregulation (9).
(b) The combinations referred to in paragraph (a) shall not comprise of combinations of permanent and temporary signs.
(c) A regulatory or warning sign may be used in combination with a guidance sign.


(7) Examples of sign combinations are shown in the Annexure to Schedule 1.


(8) A road traffic sign may be supplemented to improve the comprehensibility of such sign by—
(a) in the case of a regulatory sign or signal or warning sign, the addition below the sign of an information or supplementary plate; and
(b) the inclusion of a regulatory or warning sign within a guidance sign.



(a) The conspicuity of a road traffic sign may be improved by—
(i) displaying such sign on a high visibility background;
(ii) displaying such sign in combination with one or more yellow flashing signals; or
(iii) internal or external illumination.
(b) The colours of a high visibility background shall be—
(i) for a permanent sign, white retro-reflective for the background and red retro-reflective for the border; or
(ii) for a temporary sign, yellow retro-reflective for the background and black semi-matt for the border.


(10) When a continuous longitudinal road marking is used in combination with road studs, small breaks in the continuity of the road marking may occur to accommodate such road studs.