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Govt brings in world-class norms for highway signages to ensure safety of motorists

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The Ministry of Road Transport & Highways (MoRTH) has issued new guidelines for world standard signages on Expressways and National Highways to improve road safety for motorists.

The fresh guidelines, approved by Union Minister for Road Transport and Highways Nitin Gadkari incorporating best global practices will offer improved visibility and intuitive guidance to drivers.

“The guidelines are designed to offer drivers clear and concise guidance, warnings, notices, and regulatory information, facilitating a seamless and safe journey on the roads,” according to an official statement released today.

MoRTH has reviewed the provision of signages as per relevant IRC (Indian Road Congress) codes & guidelines, existing practices prescribed in various international codes as well as information and functionality perspective to ensure better compliance of traffic regulations, the statement added.

Some of the salient features of the guidelines include:

•Enhanced Visibility and Legibility: Prioritise enhanced visibility of road signages through placement at appropriate height/ distance, large lettering, symbols and short legends for quick comprehension of drivers, ensuring crucial information is readily visible and understandable, even in adverse conditions.

•Pictorial Depictions for Intuitive Communication: Pictorial representations along with text to convey essential messages effectively, thus catering to a diverse group of road users, including those with limited literacy.

•Regional Languages: Endorse a multilingual approach on road signages, encompassing both English and regional languages to ensure effective communication with diverse road users.

•Focused Lane Discipline: Special attention has been given to promoting better lane discipline, through strategic positioning with clear and intuitive guidance to drivers, encouraging adherence to designated lanes and minimizing traffic congestion.

•Phased Implementation: In the initial phase, the guidelines will be implemented on all upcoming Highways, Expressways, and greenfield corridors. Additionally, Highways experiencing high traffic volume, with more than 20,000 Passenger Car Units, will also be prioritized for the implementation of these guidelines.