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Old February 22nd, 2007, 02:25 PM   #1
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Which countries do not use the motorway sign?

I'm wondering which countries don't use the motorway sign. Of course I'm talking about one of these two signs:

I know that the United States don't use it, neither does Canada, I believe, plus Australia, if I'm right. Any other countries, which don't use the motorway sign on their motorways?
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Old February 22nd, 2007, 02:48 PM   #2
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I think Australia DOES use it, don't they?
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Old February 22nd, 2007, 03:36 PM   #3
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^ Really? Any photo?
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Old February 22nd, 2007, 03:42 PM   #4
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Australia definitely uses this sign! I can confirm it.
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Old February 22nd, 2007, 04:21 PM   #5
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^ Wow, that's cool, I haven't seen it yet; I believe you would be nice however, if I saw it.
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Old February 22nd, 2007, 05:58 PM   #6
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While a little off from the original poster's question, in Québec, the autoroute number marker uses a more artistic rendition of the motorway symbol:

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How about China?
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Old February 22nd, 2007, 07:12 PM   #8
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INDONESIA uses the blue one ..

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Old February 22nd, 2007, 08:27 PM   #9
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I didn't know about this, it's interesting.

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How about China?
I have a feeling I've already seen it, but now I'm not sure.
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Old February 23rd, 2007, 02:52 AM   #10
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I think Australia DOES use it, don't they?
The text version of the sign is a whole lot more common: START (MOTOR|FREE|TOLL)WAY

It does vary by state though.
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Old February 23rd, 2007, 05:27 AM   #11
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I think Japan and most South American countries doesn't use that sign(based on the pictures).
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Old February 23rd, 2007, 05:36 AM   #12
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New Zealand uses big green signs that say "Motorway Begins" and "Motorway Ends" at the primary entrances and exits to a motorway, and at onramps smaller signs just saying "Motorway".
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reminds me of a freeway down here in SD...
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reminds me of a freeway down here in SD...

Yeah, the Quebec autoroute shield is very much inspired by the US Interstate shield, no question
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Old February 23rd, 2007, 05:29 PM   #15
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I'm also wondering by the countries which don't use this sign, how do you know then that you're on a motorway/freeway? In the US for example, you know because signs with destinations are painted green.
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In the US for example, you know because signs with destinations are painted green.
That's actually not the case, all roads in the US use green-backed destination signs.
In many areas of the US, if you're entering a non-Interstate motorway you possibly wouldn't know it's a motorway if you weren't familiar with the area.
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Old February 23rd, 2007, 06:15 PM   #17
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THey have signs that say "Freeway Entrance" on all on-ramps in the USA, so you'd definetly know you're on a freeway.
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Old February 23rd, 2007, 06:22 PM   #18
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I'm wondering which countries don't use the motorway sign. Of course I'm talking about one of these two signs:

I know that the United States don't use it, neither does Canada, I believe, plus Australia, if I'm right. Any other countries, which don't use the motorway sign on their motorways?
United kingdom????
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Old February 23rd, 2007, 06:35 PM   #19
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I'm also wondering by the countries which don't use this sign, how do you know then that you're on a motorway/freeway? In the US for example, you know because signs with destinations are painted green.
that's not true, in arizona the signs are brown and why would anyone need asign to tell them that they are on a freeway? shouldn't the fact that all of the cars speeding by at top speed give you a clue?
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Old February 23rd, 2007, 06:42 PM   #20
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United kingdom????
No no, the UK definitely uses it, the blue one.

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that's not true, in arizona the signs are brown and why would anyone need asign to tell them that they are on a freeway? shouldn't the fact that all of the cars speeding by at top speed give you a clue?
Well, of course cars are speeding, and the road is multi-lane, but it could be 'just' an expressway or sth like that. In Europe there's many expressways, which could actually be freeways. Btw, there are brown signs on Arizona's freeways??? I didn't know that, brown signs are usually intended for tourist attractions (in Europe).
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