Nigeria road signs and their meanings

Nigeria road signs and their meanings

A thorough knowledge of Nigeria road signs, signals, roads and pavement markings is compulsory for all drivers. Road signs in Nigeria and markings together with signals by authorized traffic officers are to ensure a smooth and safe traffic flow.


Nigeria road signs and symbols

You must know about the common road signs in Nigeria and be able to recognize them immediately. In the case of road signs, signals and markings, you must obey them without hesitation.

Traffic signs tell you about traffic regulations, special hazards and other road conditions, construction areas speed limits, etc. You should not only be familiar with each of the signs, you should recognize the special shapes and colours.

Regulatory Signs

They are mostly circular in shape and are of two types. Those with red and yellow circles are prohibitive signs. Those with blue circles but no red border are mandatory signs. They give positive instructions and are regulatory signs.

Informative signs

Nigeria road signs

They are usually rectangular in shape and provide guidance information.

The stop sign is a prohibitive sign. It tells you to come to a complete stop before making another move. Proceed when it is safe to do so.

Warning Signs are usually triangular in shape, with red perimeter. The only one warning sign with inverted triangle means yield or give way.

I. Regulatory Signs (Prohibitory)

all road signs
  • stop at intersection;
  • stop police • no left turn;
  • no right turn;
  • no "u" turn;
  • overtaking prohibited;
  • supplemented with road marking including 'no change lane';
  • no entry for vehicles having axle load exceeding 8 metric tonnes;
  • no entry for vehicles having overall width exceeding 2m;
  • no entry for lorries;
some examples
  • no horns;
  • speed limit (maximum);
  • restriction sign;
  • close to all vehicles in both directions;
  • no entry to pedal cycles;
  • no entry for all vehicles;
  • no entry for vehicles having overall height exceeding 3.5m;
  • stop custom;s vehicles exceeding 12 metric tonnes laden load;
  • stop customs;
  • inscription varied to suit other obligations to stop;
  • parking prohibited;
  • 8.30am to 5.30pm;
  • no stopping;
  • litter prohibited.

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II. Warning Signs

  • a railway crossing with gate;
  • railway crossing without gate;
  • supplementary intermediate level crossing;
  • signs or countdown sign;
  • general danger sign;
  • "y" junction carriageway narrows;
  • carriageway widens;
  • narrow bridge;
  • dangerous double bend (first to left);
  • pedestrian crossing;
  • children crossing;
what road sign is shaped like a triangle
  • beware of animals;
  • road work;
  • blind people drive carefully;
  • give way to the traffic on the right or give way to traffic on the left
  • cross-road;
  • "t" junction;
  • "t" junction;
  • "t" junction;
  • "y" junction;
  • "y" junction;
Nigeria warning road signs and their meanings
  • long grade dangerous hill;
  • dangerous bend right;
  • dangerous bend left;
  • dangerous double bend (first to right);
  • roundabout;
drunken people
  • slippery surface;
  • ferry;
  • falling rocks;
  • uneven road;
  • loose chippings.

III. Regulatory Signs (Mandatory) direction to be followed

Set of road signs
  • diversion;
  • one way;
  • roundabout;
  • compulsory cycle track;
  • pedestrian track;
  • divided 2-lanes 2-way ahead;
  • 2-lane-2 way ahead;
information traffic signs Gallery
  • 4-lanes undivided 2-way ahead;
  • priority to approaching vehicle;
  • two way;
  • two way keep right;
  • end diversion;
Nigeria road signs, their meanings
  • pass either side;
  • pedestrian track;
  • speed limit (minimum);
  • divided 4-lanes 2-way ahead;
  • sign for temporary traffic control.
Speed Limits and Driving Laws

Nigeria road safety is one of the most important things nowadays. All drivers should keep their driving safe and know all the signs listed above. Save this list in order not to forget anyone of these symbols and share it with your friends who drive.

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