Blank Red Road Sign Drivers Need To Look Out For – Or They Risk A £1000 Fine

Understanding road signs is a crucial skill - and not knowing the blank red road sign could land you in pretty hot water.
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When it comes to learning how to navigate the roads, understanding road signs is a crucial skill – and not knowing one, in particular, could land you in pretty hot water.

These signs are designed to keep everyone safe by providing important instructions.

While most signs are straightforward, there are a few that can leave us scratching our heads.

One such sign is the blank circle with a red border around it.

So, let’s refresh our memory on what it means.

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That sneaky little sign simply translates to ‘no vehicles’, according to Yorkshire Live.

It often appears alongside another sign below it, which provides additional details or exceptions.

For example, you might come across a sign that says ’10pm – 4pm except for access’.

In such cases, the Highway Code clarifies that the sign means ‘no vehicles except bicycles being pushed’.

So, if you encounter this sign on your journey, it’s a clear indicator that you cannot drive your vehicle through that specific area.

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Though it may seem like a vague sign, it’s actually quite common on the roads.

Ignoring those pesky road signs can do some serious damage to your wallet.

You might end up forking over a fat fine of up to £1,000, and to make matters worse, penalty points could start piling up on your license, with a potential maximum of 12 points.

Oh, and let’s not forget the cherry on top: you could be slapped with a driving ban that could last up to a whopping 56 days. So, do yourself a favour and remember what each of them means.

Blank red road sign
Understanding road signs is a crucial skill – and not knowing the blank red road sign could land you in pretty hot water. Credit: Highway Code

Now, let’s familiarise ourselves with the wonderful world of UK road signs.

You’ll come across thousands of signs, and they can be broadly categorised into three main areas.

Signs with red borders provide instructions that you must follow, such as speed limits.

Blue signs are there to guide you, whether it’s indicating a specific route for certain vehicles or telling you to make that right turn you were contemplating.

And finally, we have green signs that offer directions, ensuring you stay on the right path.

But wait, there’s more! The shape of the sign itself carries meaning too.

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Circular signs are all about giving orders, typically highlighting things you shouldn’t do.

Triangular signs are hazard warnings, alerting you to potential dangers ahead.

Lastly, rectangular signs are chock-full of information, giving you valuable knowledge about the road that lies ahead.

Remember, the Highway Code gets updated from time to time, so it’s essential to stay up to date with any rule changes and new signage that may pop up on your routes.

Ignoring the code can be risky business, leading to hefty fines or penalty points on your license. So, buckle up, keep an eye out for those signs, and drive safely!

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Written by Cal Gaunt

Cal is a former content editor at IGV who specialised in writing trending and entertainment news. He previously worked as a news reporter at the Lancashire Telegraph and earned an NCTJ in Sports Journalism.