What does this road sign mean? (Germany; red circle and X on a blue background, with a right-pointing arrow.)

  • Okay, I don't know why I'm having such difficulty finding an answer online. I found an example of the sign on Google Images but the hosting site is down and there is no cache, and searches using "blue background red cross white arrow" aren't turning up relevant results. [Update, 2019: Now they do! This page being the top result.]

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    I'm driving for the first time in Europe—in Munich, Germany—and I came across an intersection where there seemed to a "main" signal above, straight ahead, and a "side" signal to the right, near the bicycle lane. The above pictured sign was affixed to its pole.

    If this sign were standalone, there'd be less of a question about what it means. But...

    1. It was a right turn from a smaller road to a main road, so it seemed unlikely that right turns wouldn't be allowed.

    2. It was affixed to a side signal, so I thought it might mean to indicate that this side signal is a separate turn signal one should adhere to in order to make right turns (presumably to protect bicyclists and pedestrians).

    3. A police car behind me, which I was nervously watching while waiting at the light, turned on its right-turn signal.

    Was it fine to make a right turn? (The police didn't stop me, but I heard that you just get ticketed in the mail for violations.)

    That means it's forbidden to stop or park, from the point you see the signal. Since it's an intersection and it has an arrow it means it's forbidden to stop or park to the right or left, depending on the arrow.

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    Provided there were no other sign or rule forbidding it, turning was perfectly fine. The red X cross on blue background means it's forbidden to stop (absolutes Halteverbot).

    It's somewhat similar to the more well-known “no parking” sign, but stricter (parking is defined as leaving your vehicle or letting it stand longer than three minutes whereas this signs also covers shorter stops). Waiting because there is a traffic light, the conditions force you to come to a stop (traffic jam, emergency…) or the police orders it is explicitly allowed but stopping for any other reason (like letting someone get off your car) is not.

    Arrows inside the circle are unrelated to any turn but specify the area of validity of the sign (it starts where there is a road-pointing arrow and ends where there is a an arrow pointing away from the road). In your case, and assuming the sign was placed on the right of the road, it would mean it's forbidden to stop before the sign (and the intersection).

    I suspect it might have been affixed to another sign as a cost saving measure or to minimize obstruction and is completely unrelated to crossing rules for this intersection.

    More details are available on Wikipedia (in German)

    Ah, so I misinterpreted the very basic meaning of the sign to begin with—it's forbidding one to _stop_, not forbidding one to _go_ one way or another. Thank you!

    I think that the arrow sign indicates the side where the stop is forbidden

    Just to add: In the UK this is known as a clearway, although the signs for it seem much less common than they once were.

    @GuidoPreite No, the sign always refers to the side of the street it is on. The left arrow indicates the start of the no stop zone and an right arrow indicated that this is the end of the no stop zone. There is also one with arrows in both direction, which tells you that you are in a no stop zone and that you can neither stop directly before or after the sign.

    @AndrewCheong At the end of the zone there is a gray one striked throug.jpg). To give you an overview about the arrow-directions.

    @AndrewCheong Not quite. The two sings you linked to denote a "zone", i.e. an *area* in a city, inside which parking is prohibited *anywhere*. The sign the OP refers to denotes a section of a single road/street where stopping is prohibited on the right side of the road. The "end of zone" sign cannot terminate the unrelated Halteverbot sign of the OP.

    I sourced this link from one of the comments, it translates well, and has a wealth of information on this interesting sign! Link

    @DoverAudio Readers should just be aware that it mostly lists instances were the sign was used wrongly by the local authorities and the resulting confusion on what rule to follow.

    In other words, what Americans would call a "no standing zone"?

    The arrows make more sense if you imagine the signs _facing the street._ (And, indeed, they are often mounted in a somewhat angled diagonal orientation to make this easier to see.) Facing the street, one arrow would point in the driving direction and indicate "from here", the other one against the driving direction, indicating "up to here". Imagine the following ASCII art representing the right side of the street: ____________->... no stopping here ... <-__________

    @PeterSchneider Great way to visualize it, thanks!

    WRT your "_Waiting_ because there is a traffic light (..) is explicitly allowed", I have never, ever seen a stopping prohibited sign in front of a traffic light. That would have been so silly that I would have remembered.

    @MrLister I don't see why it would be silly, quite the opposite.

    What, a "no stopping" sign and a red traffic light? I find that hard to reconcile.

    @MrLister It's quite simple, on a main thoroughfare, you don't want motorists to impair traffic by loading or unloading things but have traffic lights to regulate the flow precisely because traffic is too high for other types of crossings.

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