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Old January 16th, 2011, 07:24 PM   #1
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Border speed limits (and road category) signs

I was amazed to find that there is no website compiling a collection of those European traffic signs posted at borders, showing speed limits, road categories and sometimes other information too.

I know there is already a thread for border crossings, but that is focused more on buildings/maps/structures than signs. Therefore, I propose this thread for this specific discussion, and I'll attach some pictures of European border signs I found out there.

If you have other border signs photos, bring them on. Please, let me know if any of these signs are not up-to-date.

FRANCE


GERMANY


ITALY


LUXEMBOURG


MACEDONIA


NETHERLANDS
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POLAND


SAN MARINO


SPAIN


SWEDEN


SWITZERLAND


TURKEY


UNITED KINGDOM
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Old January 16th, 2011, 07:41 PM   #2
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I've never seen the last one, that's interesting.

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Old January 16th, 2011, 07:47 PM   #3
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I believe speed limits in Poland is now 120 km/h in dual carriage expressways and 140 km/h in motorways.
And the one for UK should include 48, 96, and 112 signs, for help drivers coming from the continent. And below should say "Drive on left".
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Old January 16th, 2011, 07:53 PM   #4
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I'm not sure those signs even exist. And there are of plenty of signs near ports saying;

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Old January 16th, 2011, 07:58 PM   #5
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Latvia:


And new Polish one should look like this (from Wikipedia):


I also have the Estonian one on my hard drive, although there are a bunch of people on some bikes in front of it, doing some weird faces (me included), and I can't publish it without my friends' permission
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Old January 16th, 2011, 08:21 PM   #6
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Estonia:

A very simple sign...especially compared to the Polish one

From: http://picasaweb.google.com/lh/photo...SHUNC9com5dWDw
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Old January 16th, 2011, 08:23 PM   #7
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Slovenia:


Cyprus:


Denmark:


Ukraine:


Poland:


Czech Republic:


Liechtenstein:

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Old January 16th, 2011, 08:31 PM   #8
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Yes the Polish one is way too complex.
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Old January 16th, 2011, 09:17 PM   #9
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Old January 16th, 2011, 09:37 PM   #10
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Old January 16th, 2011, 10:38 PM   #11
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I have some of them





German.




French.




Belgian.






Czech.


Slovak - new style.

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Older one.


Hungarian.

All pics has been taken by myself.
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Old January 17th, 2011, 12:03 AM   #12
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I was amazed to find that there is no website compiling a collection of those European traffic signs posted at borders, showing speed limits, road categories and sometimes other information too.


SWEDEN
The Swedish sign, unfortunately, does no longer exist. It was abolished when the new speed limit scheme was introduced a few years ago. The basic speed limits are still 50 km/h inside cities and 70 km/h outside built-up areas. However, there are now so many exceptions that the rule is to always signpost the speed limit; 30, 40, 50 or 60 km/h in cities, 60, 70, 80, 90 or 100 km/h outside built-up areas and 70, 80, 90, 100, 110 or 120 km/h on motorways.

The director of the Traffic Administration actually kept a straight face as he explained how the change would give us more "self-explanatory speed limits"
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Old January 17th, 2011, 12:29 AM   #13
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Sweden is too large and diverse to apply a single non-urban speed limit. We even have trouble with this in the Netherlands where the default 60 km/h on rural non-major roads is completely ridiculous sometimes often.
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Old January 17th, 2011, 01:08 AM   #14
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How do they expect people to read this when they are driving too fast? The Polish sign looks too much IMO.
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Old January 17th, 2011, 01:09 AM   #15
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Slovenia:
This is newer:


http://www.mit-grnjak.com/signs/III-75.png

Btw, when did Poland raise its speed limits?
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Old January 17th, 2011, 01:10 AM   #16
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If they can't read it they won't. Anyway, there are other speed limit signs along the road.
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Old January 17th, 2011, 11:24 AM   #17
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I've never seen the last one, that's interesting.

Me neither. I know one in Dover, but it is green and has limits in miles converted to kilometres.
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Old January 17th, 2011, 11:28 AM   #18
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Wouldn't it be better for those complex ones (PL,SK) to be spread out using two signs instead of trying to cram everything onto one? Like one after another, with general speed limits first (like 50,90,130), then special limits for trucks and weather conditions etc and maybe one for seatbelts and lights after that.. Nobody's going to read that PL sign while doing 130 on the motorway..
If you check post 11 you can compare older style Slovak sign to modern one. In my opinion they have gone wrong way implementing new ones.
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Old January 17th, 2011, 01:34 PM   #19
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I don't think they need this "ass covering" at all. The latin principle of "ignorantia juris non excusat" (ignorance of the law is not an excuse) is very widespread in Europe, so it's up to you to learn and become accustomed with another country laws. I think they put these panels just as a form of courtesy...
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Old January 17th, 2011, 11:19 PM   #20
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I didn't know that the Netherlands have a windmill silhouette on the "beginning of settlement" sign. That's a cute detail.
The Italian skyline, however, does not make any sense to me... representative as it may be of the actual Italian cities

Hungarian speed limits are really quite unique. Is it really so that *coaches* have a hard 80 km/h limit on *motorways*? Or is the limit typically higher in practice?

And secondly, how does traffic on ordinary 2x1 undivided roads work, if heavy vehicles are only allowed 70 km/h while the rest of traffic can drive 90 km/h? A lot of overtaking???

Poland has similar speed limits; I have driven in Poland and I know that they make good use of 2x1 roads with wide shoulders; heavy traffic (and *ahem* farm machinery) can then chug along on the shoulder.
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