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Traffic signals and traffic signs

 

Section 21. The driver shall comply with the traffic signals and traffic signs installed at or caused to appear in the way or which the competent officer has indicated.

Section 22. Traffic signals, traffic signs and the meaning of the traffic signals and traffic signs shall be specified by the Director General by proclamation in the Government Gazette and shall have example of figures show in the notice.

The driver shall comply with traffic signals or traffic signs in the following cases:

(1) Amber traffic Light: the driver shall prepare to stop the vehicle behind the stop line in order to be prepared to act according to the traffic light to be mentioned in (2), except that a driver who has passed the stop line may proceed through.

(2) Red traffic light signals or red traffic light signs with the word stop: the driver shall stop the vehicle behind the stop line.

(3) Green traffic light or green traffic light with the word go: the driver may drive the vehicle through, except when there are traffic signs to the contrary.

(4) Traffic Light signals showing a green arrow to turn or go straight: the driver shall turn or go straight along the direction of the arrow. In using the way along the direction points by the arrow, the driver shall use the way with great care and give the right of way to the pedestrian in the zebra crossings or the driver to the right.

(5) Red traffic light signal which is blinking: if installed at the road junction with opening on which side, the driver on that side shall stop at the stop line, and when it is seen safe and not obstructing the traffic he may proceed with care.

(6) Blinking yellow traffic signal: at any point where this traffic signal is installed, the driver shall reduce the speed of the vehicle and proceed though the crossing carefully.

The driver who is to drive the vehicle straight ahead shall keep to the traffic lane with a traffic sign indicating going straight ahead and the driver who is to turn the vehicle shall keep to the traffic lane with a traffic signal indicating turning. Entering into the said traffic lanes shall be made from where there is traffic sign indicating such.

Section 23. The driver who drives his vehicle in a motorway with red light signal or green light signal installed over more than two traffic lanes shall act as follows:

(1) He shall not drive his vehicle in the traffic lane over which there is a red light signal in the from of a cross;

(2) He shall proceed to pass though the traffic lane over which there is a green light signal in the form of an arrow.

Section 24. A driver of a vehicle shall comply with the traffic signals displayed by the competent officer as follows:

(1) When the competent officer stands and stretches out his left arm at the shoulder level, the driver who drives his vehicle from behind the competent officer shall stop his vehicle. But when the competent officer puts down his left hand and moves it forwards, he shall proceed;

(2) When the competent officer stands and stretches out his right arm at the shoulder level with the palm open upright, the driver of a vehicle coming from the direction to which the arm stretches out shall stop his vehicle. But when the competent officer turns the upright palm and moves it over his head backwards, he shall proceed;



(3) When the competent officer stands and stretches out both arms at the shoulder level with the palm open and upright, the driver of the vehicles coming from the directions to which the arms stretch shall stop their vehicles;

(4) When the competent officer stands and raises the lower part pf the right arm at a right angle to the upper part with the palm open and upright, the driver who drives his vehicle from in front the competent officer shall stop his vehicle. But when the competent officer turns the upright palm and moves it backwards, he shall proceed;

(5) When the competent officer stands and raises the lower part of the right arm at a right angle to the upper part with the palm open and upright and stretches out his left arm at the shoulder level, the drivers of vehicles coming from in front and behind the competent officer shall stop their vehicles.

 

The stopping of a vehicle under this Section shall be behind the line for vehicles to stop. In the case no such line exits in a motorway, a driver of a vehicle shall stop his vehicle at not less distance than three meters from where the competent officer is standing.

Section 25. A driver of a vehicle shall comply with the whistle sound signals given by the competent officer as follows:

(1) When the competent officer gives one long whistling, he shall immediately stop his vehicle;

(2) When the competent officer gives two short whittlings consecutively, he shall proceed with his vehicle.

Section 26. In a motorway with traffic signals or traffic signs pursuant to Section 22, or traffic signals pursuant to Section 23, if the competent officer who controls the traffic in that motorway deems it proper in order to bring about safety or convenience in the traffic he may give traffic signals to be otherwise. In such case, the driver of a vehicle shall comply with the signals given by the competent officer.

Section 27. The Director General shall have the power to amend or modify the traffic signals or traffic signs provided in this Act Proclaimed in Government Gazette if he has appropriate cause.

Section 28. No person except the competent officer or official shall make install or display the traffic signals or traffic signs in ways proscribed by the Director General in pursuance of Section 21.

Section 29. No person shall damage, destroy, conceal, modify, move, scratch or damage traffic signals or traffic signs installed or made available in by the competent officer or officials.

Section 30. The traffic officer shall have the power to seize, remove, destroy or cause to be cleared away any traffic signals or traffic signs made, installed or made available in violation of Section 28 or Section 29.

 

Use of Roadways

 

Vehicle Driving

Section 31. Unless otherwise specially provided in Part 4 on use of roadways arranged as bus lanes, use of roadways shall be in accordance with the provisions under this part.

Section 32. In using roadways a driver shall be careful not to hit or come into contact with the pedestrians no matter at what part of the road and shall display warning signal for the pedestrians to become aware whenever necessary. The driver shall be especially carefully in controlling his vehicle when children, aged persons or invalids are using the way.

Section 33. In driving a vehicle the driver shall keep to the left of the roadway and must not run beyond the middle of the roadway, except in the following cases in which a vehicle may travel on the right-hand side or travel along beyond the middle of the roadway:

(1) There is obstruction or traffic is closed on the left hand side of the road way.

(2) The roadway is prescribed by the traffic officer as one-way roadway.

(3) The roadway is less width than six meters.

Section 34. In using a roadway with two and more traffic lanes in the same direction or with a bus lane arranged on the outermost left-hand side traffic lane, a driver shall drive his vehicle in the outermost left lane or close to the bus lane except in the following cases in which a vehicle may travel on the right-hand side of the roadway:

(1) There is obstruction or traffic is closed on the left-hand side of the roadway.

(2) The roadway is prescribed by the traffic officer as one-way roadway.

(3) It is necessary to enter the correct lane upon approaching a junction.

(4) When about to overtake another vehicle

(5) When the driving his vehicle with faster than vehicle running on left-hand lane.

Section 35. The driver of a truck, passenger vehicle, motorcycle at low speed or traveling at lower speed than those of other vehicles moving in the same direction shall keep as close to the roadway curb as possible. If such roadway is divided into two or more traffic lanes in the same direction or has a bus lane specially arranged on the left-hand side, the driver shall drive the vehicle in the outermost left-hand side lane or close to the bus lane, as the case may be.

Section 36. The driver who is turning must allow other vehicles to pass or overtake, change traffic lane, reduce the vehicle speed, park or stop the vehicle and he shall display hand or arm signal according to Section 37 or light signal according to Section 38 or other signal according to rules of the traffic officer.

If the condition of the vehicle, conveyance or the visibility does not permit hand and arm signals in pursuance of paragraph one to be visible to the drivers of the vehicles that are passing or following behind, the driver shall display light signals. A driver shall display hand and arm signal, light signal or other signal in pursuance of paragraph one at not less distance than sixty meters before turning the vehicle, changing traffic lane, parking or stopping the vehicle.

Section 37. In displaying hand and arm signals, a driver shall perform as follows:

(1) To reduce vehicle speed, he shall stretch his right arm straight out of the vehicle at shoulder level and then move it up and down several times.

(2) To stop a vehicle, he shall stretch his right arm straight out of the vehicle at shoulder level and raise the lower part at right angle to the upper part with upright open palm.

(3) To let another vehicle pass or overtake, he shall stretch his right arm straight out of the vehicle at shoulder level and move the hand forward several times.

(4) To turn the vehicle to the right or move onto the traffic lane on the right, he shall stretch his right arm straight out of the vehicle at shoulder level.

(5) To turn the vehicle to the left or move onto the traffic lane on the left. He shall stretch his right arm straight out of the vehicle at shoulder level and then bend the wrist up and wave to the left several times. For the benefit of this Section in the case that the automobile has its steering wheel at the left-hand side, the driver shall use light signals instead of hand and arm signals.

 

Section 38. The driver of an automobile or motor-cycle shall display light signals as follows:

(1) To stop the vehicle, the driver shall display red light signals at the back of the vehicle.

(2) To turn the vehicle or change traffic lane, the driver shall display amber light for turning or display the blinking white signal or amber light signal at the front or side of the vehicle and the blinking red or amber light signal at the back and to the left of the vehicle.

(3) To let another vehicle to overtake, the driver shall display amber light signal for turning or blinking red or amber light signal at the back and to the left of the vehicle.

Section 39. Upon driving vehicles passing one another in opposite directions, each driver shall keep his vehicle close to the left-hand side of the roadway judging by the middle line of the roadway. But if the roadway is divided into traffic lanes, it shall be based on the dividing line. Upon passing one another in opposite directions in a narrow roadway, the driver of each of the vehicles shall reduce the speed of his vehicle to ensure safe passing. In a narrow roadway where moving vehicles cannot pass each other safely in opposite directions the driver of the larger vehicle shall stop his vehicle close to the curb on the left-hand side of the roadway to let the smaller vehicle pass. In a roadway in which there is an obstruction ahead, the driver of a vehicle shall reduce the speed of vehicle or stop his vehicle to let the vehicle coming in the opposite direction pass.

Section 40. The driver of a vehicle shall keep his vehicle in at safe distance from another vehicle in front of allow a safe stopping in case he is required to stop his vehicle. The driver who drives his vehicle up a bridge or a slope way shall be careful not to let his vehicle glide backwards and crash into another vehicle.

Section 41. The driver shall drive his vehicle in the prescribed direction in a roadway indicate by a traffic sign as one-way roadway.

Section 42. The driver shall keep his vehicle close to the left-hand side of a roadway divided into two ways, one for the vehicles going up and the other for the vehicles coming down, with a dividing space in the middle or with a traffic sign indicating that the roadway being divided into two ways.

Section 43. No driver of a vehicle shall drive the vehicle:

(1) while being incompetent to drive;

(2) while intoxicated by liquor or other alcoholic drinks;

(3) in a manner that obstructs the traffic;

(4) with carelessness or recklessness which may cause danger to persons or property;

(5) in a manner not normally practiced in driving a vehicle or while unable to see the way in front or at the back and one either side or both sides clearly enough for safety.

(6) beyond or on the line dividing traffic lanes, except upon changing lane, turning or turning around the vehicle;

(7) on a footpath without sufficient cause, except a baby-carriage or a wheel-chair for sick or crippled persons;

(8) Without thinking about the safety or suffering of other persons.

Section 43 bis. A driver may not use narcotics under the law on the Narcotics or take drugs that affect the mind or the nervous system of the person in accordance with the notification of the Director General proclaimed in the Government Gazette.

The traffic officer, the inquiry official, the competent officer or the inspector shall have the power to examine the driver as the Director General provided and proclaimed in the Government Gazette that the driver taking the drug or not as in the foregoing paragraph in this section. In the examination if it appears that such driver does not take drugs he will be acquitted as soon as possible. In the case the driver refuses to be examined, the traffic officer or the inquiry official or the competent officer or the inspector shall have the power to keep him in the custody to be examined at an appropriate time. The examination in this section will be according to the rules and procedures that prescribed in the ministerial regulations.

Section 43 ter. In the case the driver violates the section 43 (1) or (2) the inspector shall have the power to stop the driver and examine him according to the section 142.

Section 43 quarter. In the case the driver violates the section 43 (1) or (2) or the section 43 bis paragraph one the inspector shall have the power to send the driver with the ‘prima face’ evidence to the inquiry officer as soon as possible but not exceeding six hours from the wrong doing.

Section 43 quinque. In the performing of duty in the section 43 bis and section 43 ter the inspector has to show the identity card that is issued to him in accordance with the laws on Land traffic.

 

 


Date: 2016-01-03; view: 274


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