Malta: Quirky road signs you rarely or never see on the road

Not that we take care of them signs sticking around when we drive, but they’re… interesting?

Disclaimer: High chances of cultural shock if you continue reading. You’ve been warned

Few years ago, I got into an internet discussion about this:

The national speed limit sign

Was grumpling on how people slow down to less than 60km/h when our national speed limit is 80km/h.

You might not be surprised the person I was arging with had not idea what that sign even meant. Weeehaaa, Malta, ladies and gents.

Anyway, moving on from the tangent, another set of lesser known signs are those with a band of narrow lines. These are quite relatable and maybe you, Malteser, can recognise them:


Incidently this means no overtaking, which even I forgot:

thirty 4

Ok, that’s it with the informative stuff of signs we already see around. The next one a sign that would be dreaded by all lorry drivers or those vans stuffed to the brim.

thirty 5

You don’t see them at all these days and so, a neat little refresher if they even intent to stick some of them up.

Next up we got the freaky ones:


Ye, the last one doesn’t mean airport *grins*


Next up we find the never seen ones:


This one is meant to indicate that you can stop your car for not more than:

thirty 12


Here are some quitessentially British signs which I never seem to see around:

thirty 13


maybe the safe height one does show up now and again.


Last but not least these:

thirty 14

Apparently, they serve to demark an area where the road has priorty over crossing or intersecting traffic.


If you’re Maltese, have you seen these signs before?

If you’re not, are they used in your country?

Let me know in the comments down below



Author: Words of Osiris

I'm a 30 year old soul, whose need to express himself was not satisfied by the common social media. While others vomit words with little thought, I will try my best to fill the void they have created. Born, raised, and reside on the cursed islands of Malta. I studied Sciences my whole life and always wanted to have a space where I can release my creative demons. In this blog, scientific objectiveness will meet the cry of different opinions and thought-invoking tales. Subjects will vary from the futile to the world changing.

2 thoughts

  1. Actually, most of these make a lot of sense to me. Maybe because I studied traffic signs in detail in the past. The one I found interesting was the “end of no horn blowing”. I had to look at it 10 times before the supposed horn started looking more like a horn and less like a snake.

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