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2003 MUTCD Chapter 2B Regulatory Signs . 2B.02 Design of Regulatory Signs . Changeable Message Signs can be used to display regulatory messages. 2B.03 Size of Regulatory Signs . Remove SUPPORT statement referencing SHS as is already in Section 2A.12

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2b 02 design of regulatory signs
2B.02Design of Regulatory Signs
  • Changeable Message Signs can be used to display regulatory messages.
2b 03 size of regulatory signs
2B.03 Size of Regulatory Signs
  • Remove SUPPORT statement referencing SHS as is already in Section 2A.12
  • New signs added to Table 2B-1, such as R1-5 Yield Here to Pedestrians


450mm x 450mm

18” x 18”

10 years compliance date

2b 03 size of regulatory signs1
2B.03 Size of Regulatory Signs
  • Increase in size of some signs

18”x24” to 24”x30”

24”x18” to 30”x24”

*Older Driver Handbook Recommendation

*Compliance date is 10 years from date of the Final Rule for the 2003 MUTCD.

stop and yield sign placement section 2b 06 and 2b 10
STOP and YIELD Sign Placement Section 2B.06 and 2B.10)
  • Editorial change: “The STOP or YIELD signs shall be installed on the rightside of the traffic lane to which it applies.” NOTE: The word “right” replaces the word “correct.”
2b 06 2b 10 stop and yield sign placement
2B.06 & 2B.10 STOP and YIELD Sign Placement
  • Other than a Do Not Enter sign, no other sign should be mounted on the back of a STOP or YIELD sign
  • Preserve distinctive shapes of STOP and YIELD
2b 09 yield sign
2B.09 Yield Sign
  • Option to Use Yield Sign instead of Stop Sign if Conditions Warrant
2b 09 and 2b 10 yield sign application
2B.09 and 2B.10 YIELD Sign Application
  • STANDARD: YIELD sign required to assign right-of-way at the entrance to a roundabout.
2b 10 yield sign placement
2B.10 YIELD Sign Placement

At Roundabout Intersections:

  • STANDARD: YIELD sign shall be installed on both the left and right sides of roundabout approaches having > one lane.
  • GUIDANCE: YIELD sign face should not be visible from the circulating roadway.
2b 11 yield here to pedestrian signs
2B.11 Yield Here to Pedestrian Signs

*10 Year Compliance Period

2b 12 in street pedestrian crossing signs
2B.12 In-Street Pedestrian Crossing Signs
  • New sign with positive safety results
  • Shall not be used at traffic signalized crosswalks
  • Mounting height in 2A.18 is not applicable

2B.13 Metric Speed Limit Sign Design

  • a new unique design. The sign will have a black circle around the speed value with a “km/h” legend below.
2b 13 speed limit sign
2B.13 Speed Limit Sign
  • New GUIDANCE: At least once every 5 years, States and local agencies should reevaluate non-statutory speed limits on segments of their roadways that have undergone a significant change in roadway characteristics or surrounding land use since the last review.
2b 13 speed limit sign1
2B.13 Speed Limit Sign
  • GUIDANCE: Posted speed limit should be within 5 mph (10 km/h) of the 85th-percentile speed of free-flowing traffic.
changeable message speed limit signs section 2b 13
Changeable Message Speed Limit Signs (Section 2B.13)
  • OPTION: may be used to display the speed at which the driver is traveling.
  • GUIDANCE: if used, the legend to show the approach speed is “YOUR SPEED XX KM/H (MPH)”. The color for the speed value should be yellow on black or the reverse.

*Compliance Date is 10 years from date of Final Rule

2b 16 minimum speed limit sign
2B.16 Minimum Speed Limit Sign
  • Design of Metric Speed Limit is with BLACK Circle
2b 17 fines higher plaque
  • New Plaque for use with Special Enforcement Zones – Schools, Work Zones, Safety Zones
reduced speed ahead signs
Reduced Speed Ahead Signs
  • Move Reduced Speed Ahead Signs from Regulatory series (R2-5) to Warning Sign series (W 3-5)
  • 15 year compliance period
2b 19 turn prohibition sign
2B.19 Turn Prohibition Sign
  • New Combination Turn Prohibition Symbol Sign
2b 21 mandatory movement lane control signs
2B.21 Mandatory Movement Lane Control Signs
  • Revise GUIDANCE statement that the lane control pavement markings mentioned are actually called lane-use arrow markings.
2b 23 reversible lane control signs
2B.23 Reversible Lane Control Signs
  • Delete the R3-9c and R3-9e signs and all of their references in the section.

*10 year compliance period

2b 26 preferential only lane signs
2B.26 Preferential Only Lane Signs
  • Revise R3-10 through R3-15 sign designs
  • Revise Sections 2B.27 & 2B.28 HOV Signing

*Compliance date is 10 years from date of Final Rule

2b 27 preferential only lanes for high occupancy vehicles hov
2B.27 Preferential Only Lanes for High Occupancy Vehicles (HOV)
  • Require that the minimum # of occupants in a vehicle

using HOV lanes shall be in effect for certain times.

  • A federal review is required prior to in initiating a

proposal project operation of HOV lanes.

  • Allows motorcycles to use HOV lanes that receive

Federal-aid program finding.

  • Add to support the ability to implement value pricing

approach for reducing congestion.

2b 27 hov inherently low emission vehicles
2B.27 HOV Inherently Low Emission Vehicles
  • Change discussion about ILEV’s using HOV lanes from STANDARD to OPTION.
  • The U.S EPA is the only entity with authority to certify ILEVs
2b 28 preferential only lane sign applications and placement
2B.28 Preferential Only Lane Sign applications and Placement

Figs. 2E-44 through 2E.48 show application and placement examples of HOV signing.

2b 33 keep right and keep left signs
2B.33 Keep Right and Keep Left Signs
  • Add OPTION describing when these signs may be used.
  • Add GUIDANCE – describing placement location for these signs
2b 34 do not enter sign

If used, the DO NOT ENTER sign should be placed directly in view of the road user at the point where a road user could wrongly enter a divided highway, one-way roadway, or ramp.

2b 36 selective exclusion signs
2B.36 Selective Exclusion Signs

New Sign Name:

Hazardous Material


* 10 year compliance date

2b 37 one way signs
2B.37 ONE WAY Signs

Add Standard statement:

  • ONE WAY signs shall be placed parallel to the one-way street at all alleys and roadways that intersect one-way roadways (see Figures 2B-12 through 2B-15.)

* Compliance date of January 17, 2008 for placement requirement at intersecting alleys

2b 37 one way signs1
2B.37 ONE WAY Signs

Relocate 4 figures from Section 2A.16 to Section 2B.32:

  • Figure 2A-5 and 2A-6 -> Figure 2B-12
  • Figure 2A-4 -> Figure 2B-13
  • Figure 2A-4 -> Figure 2B-14

Add New Figure 2B-15

2b 40 snow emergency signs
2B.40 Snow Emergency Signs

GUIDANCE: Should be installed where special parking restrictions are imposed during heavy snowfall.

2b 40 van accessible plaque
2B.40 Van Accessible Plaque

Included in 1988 edition of MUTCD, but left out of 2000 MUTCD

  • R7-8a plaque is used with guide sign to direct users to Accessible parking space
  • R7-8b plaque is used with R7-8 Reserved Parking Sign
2b 44 pedestrian crossing signs
2B.44 Pedestrian Crossing Signs

Change name of “Pedestrians Prohibited” sign to “NO PEDESTRIAN CROSSING”

2b 45 traffic signal signs
2B.45 Traffic Signal Signs
  • Add new sign designs for pedestrian push button signs
2b 45 no turn on red sign

2003 MUTCD

2000 MUTCD

  • NEW Design of R10-11. Revised to put “Red Ball” at bottom of sign.
2b 45 turning traffic yield to pedestrians
2B.45 Turning Traffic Yield to Pedestrians
  • R10-15 sign “may” instead of “should” be used.
  • WHEN PEDESTRIANS ARE PRESENT plaque not adopted based on research that found this sign ineffective.
2b 45 no turn on red supplemental plaques
2B.45 NO TURN ON RED Supplemental Plaques

These are preferred:


2b 45 traffic signal signs1
2B.45 Traffic Signal Signs

for this sign to be installed adjacent to the signal.

2b 45 traffic signal signs2
2B.45 Traffic Signal Signs
  • R10-14 sign not adopted
  • new R10-16 sign is OPTION
preferential lane signs section 2b 48
Preferential Lane Signs(Section 2B.48)

GUIDANCE: Light Rail Transit is included in the list of preferential lane signs that should not use the HOV diamond symbol.

changeable message hov signs section 2b 48
Changeable Message HOV Signs(Section 2B.48)

STANDARD: Shall be the same size as the standard dimensions prescribed in the MUTCD and the Standard Highway Signs Book based on type of facility and design speed.

high occupancy vehicle hov lanes section 2b 49
High Occupancy Vehicle (HOV) Lanes (Section 2B.49)
  • Motorcycles can use HOV lanes that receive Federal-aid program funding
other regulatory signs section 2b 54
Other Regulatory Signs(Section 2B.54)

The diagram of the Seat Belt Symbol sign is in new Figure 2B-22.

2b 46 photo enforced signs
2B.46 Photo Enforced Signs
  • new option PHOTO ENFORCED signs

*10 Year Compliance Period