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Can someone please enlighten me?

kazrobbo

Tassie Kaz
Camino(s) past & future
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CP 2015
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PWC/VF 2019
Israel 2020 X
Wales CP 21?
KK?
VdlP?
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I know this is not Camino or trail-related signage, but can someone please tell me what this sign means? It's not one we use in Australia but I've encountered it numerous times walking in Europe. It popped up quite often on the VF in France, Switzerland & Italy but I never quite managed to relate it to anything in my surroundings.
From memory (accuracy questionable! 😉 ), it only appeared on minor roads. To me it looks like it has something to do with a truck & water?
I'd appreciate any translation or interpretation!
What is it they say about curiosity....? 🤔
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trecile

Camino Addict
Camino(s) past & future
Francés (2016 & 2017), Norte (2018), Francés-Salvador-Norte (2019), Portuguese (2019)
I think that I found it
"No vehicles carrying water pollutants are allowed past this point in Switzerland and Portugal"

 

NorthernLight

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
Le Puy to Santiago via the Frances 2012-2013. EPW2015
Aragonese & Frances 2016
Burgos to Muxia 2017
Trucks may use this route?
It’s a blue square not a red or orange one.
 

kazrobbo

Tassie Kaz
Camino(s) past & future
CF 2012
CP 2015
St Olavs Norway 2016
88T Japan 2017
PWC/VF 2019
Israel 2020 X
Wales CP 21?
KK?
VdlP?
I think that I found it
"No vehicles carrying water pollutants are allowed past this point in Switzerland and Portugal"

Lordy!...how on earth could we be expected to get that message from that sign?! 😆
Lucky as walkers we do not drive heavy vehicles & we aren't heavy polluters (we'll leave that one alone though... 🚽 🧻 🤭).
The only other possibility I came up with was 'road not suitable for heavy vehicles'...ie; the weight would cause road damage.
The photo was taken in France so interesting the explanation only says Switzerland & Portugal.
Thanks @trecile 😊
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kazrobbo

Tassie Kaz
Camino(s) past & future
CF 2012
CP 2015
St Olavs Norway 2016
88T Japan 2017
PWC/VF 2019
Israel 2020 X
Wales CP 21?
KK?
VdlP?
Trucks may use this route?
It’s a blue square not a red or orange one.
Hmm...yes, the colour could be significant plus I saw it in France & Italy as well as Switzerland. Going back through my photos, it was blue in each instance.
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domigee

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2020? Looks like.... nowhere! 😁
Lordy!...how on earth could we be expected to get that message from that sign?! 😆
Lucky as walkers we do not drive heavy vehicles & we aren't heavy polluters (we'll leave that one alone though... 🚽 🧻 🤭).
The only other possibility I came up with was 'road not suitable for heavy vehicles'...ie; the weight would cause road damage.
The photo was taken in France so interesting the explanation only says Switzerland & Portugal.
Thanks @trecile 😊
👣 🌏
😳 I have never seen this sign before, either walking or travelling by car or bus 😳 Just goes to show you can learn something new every day! 😉
 

kazrobbo

Tassie Kaz
Camino(s) past & future
CF 2012
CP 2015
St Olavs Norway 2016
88T Japan 2017
PWC/VF 2019
Israel 2020 X
Wales CP 21?
KK?
VdlP?
Wrong. Mustachioed aliens with funky sunglasses have the right of way. :) 🤣

In addition to making up my own signs, I also crack myself up.

The water protection seems right.
You forgot to add 'monocule' to your description! 😜 😂
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caminka

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Camino(s) past & future
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I know this is not Camino or trail-related signage, but can someone please tell me what this sign means? It's not one we use in Australia but I've encountered it numerous times walking in Europe. It popped up quite often on the VF in France, Switzerland & Italy but I never quite managed to relate it to anything in my surroundings.
From memory (accuracy questionable! 😉 ), it only appeared on minor roads. To me it looks like it has to something to do with a truck & water?
I'd appreciate any translation or interpretation!
What is it they say about curiosity....? 🤔
👣 🌏
we have two similar signs in slovena, a blue one and a red one.
the blue sign indicates water protection area. it must be accompanied by two explanatory boards (to how many kilometres of the road it applies and the emergency number in case of spillage).
the red sign indicates traffic forbidden for vehicles carrying environmentally hazardous substances. further down it specifies that the cargo of the hazardous substances can be up to 450kg and the vehicle can still drive on that road. and that it does not apply to motor fuel directly connected to the engine.
 

kazrobbo

Tassie Kaz
Camino(s) past & future
CF 2012
CP 2015
St Olavs Norway 2016
88T Japan 2017
PWC/VF 2019
Israel 2020 X
Wales CP 21?
KK?
VdlP?
we have two similar signs in slovena, a blue one and a red one.
the blue sign indicates water protection area. it must be accompanied by two explanatory boards (to how many kilometres of the road it applies and the emergency number in case of spillage).
the red sign indicates traffic forbidden for vehicles carrying environmentally hazardous substances. further down it specifies that the cargo of the hazardous substances can be up to 450kg and the vehicle can still drive on that road. and that it does not apply to motor fuel directly connected to the engine.
Wow...thanks for the comprehensive explanation @caminka ...it also solves the colour differences. The signs I saw weren't accompanied by any other info but I guess regulations would differ country to country.
Glad I'm on foot & don't have to grapple with the mysteries of foreign road signs... however I have no doubt Melbourne's infamous 'hook turns' would baffle any visitor...including those from other Australian states! 😄
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caminka

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Wow...thanks for the comprehensive explanation @caminka ...it also solves the colour differences. The signs I saw weren't accompanied by any other info but I guess regulations would differ country to country.
Glad I'm on foot & don't have to grapple with the mysteries of foreign traffic signs... but I have no doubt Melbourne's infamous 'hook turns' would baffle any visiting driver...including those from other Australian states! 😄View attachment 68073
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hehe, good one. it's actually easier if you don't read it.
it can be rivaled by this slovenian sign which means you need to make a right and a left before you can make that left turn to get you on the street you want.
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kazrobbo

Tassie Kaz
Camino(s) past & future
CF 2012
CP 2015
St Olavs Norway 2016
88T Japan 2017
PWC/VF 2019
Israel 2020 X
Wales CP 21?
KK?
VdlP?
hehe, good one. it's actually easier if you don't read it.
it can be rivaled by this slovenian sign which means you need to make a right and a left before you can make that left turn to get you on the street you want.
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🤣 Oh...that's a winner!
I'm guessing your fender-bender rate is as high as ours?.... 🤭 😇
 
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Barbara

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
Frances, Norte (twice)and Primitivo, Sureste, In France From home Tours and Vézelay, also Le Puy.
Look at the picture in the first post....
 

caminka

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🤣 Oh...that's a winner!
I'm guessing your fender-bender rate is as high as ours?.... 🤭 😇
👣 🌏
:)
this is actually the result of the narrow streets in the old centres of towns. there is no two-way traffic. slovenia is not really a problem here, I've been to prague. :p
 

kazrobbo

Tassie Kaz
Camino(s) past & future
CF 2012
CP 2015
St Olavs Norway 2016
88T Japan 2017
PWC/VF 2019
Israel 2020 X
Wales CP 21?
KK?
VdlP?
:)
this is actually the result of the narrow streets in the old centres of towns. there is no two-way traffic. slovenia is not really a problem here, I've been to prague. :p
💡 Ah ha!...I see. Melbourne's hook turns are so cars waiting to turn right (we drive on the Left) don't queue up on the tram lines which run down the middle of the streets.
There is generally some method to the madness...but we won't let that get in the way of a good foreigner/visitor puzzlement-inducing road sign!
Local knowledge is key...hence my original post. ⚠ 🤔 😁
 
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kazrobbo

Tassie Kaz
Camino(s) past & future
CF 2012
CP 2015
St Olavs Norway 2016
88T Japan 2017
PWC/VF 2019
Israel 2020 X
Wales CP 21?
KK?
VdlP?
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Sixwheeler

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Camino(s) past & future
Arles Route (2013/2014 onwards)
Lordy!...how on earth could we be expected to get that message from that sign?! 😆
Lucky as walkers we do not drive heavy vehicles & we aren't heavy polluters (we'll leave that one alone though... 🚽 🧻 🤭).
The only other possibility I came up with was 'road not suitable for heavy vehicles'...ie; the weight would cause road damage.
The photo was taken in France so interesting the explanation only says Switzerland & Portugal.
Thanks @trecile 😊
👣 🌏
As a large vehicle driver you would be expected to know but, yes, it doesn't apply to pedestrians. As an ex truck driver my first reaction was something to do with axle weight restrictions but now I know what it actually is I get it. This sign is not used in the UK.
 

Kathar1na

Member
Camino(s) past & future
To Santiago and beyond (from home; Voie de Tours; Camino Francés; Biskaya; Manche; Via Brabantica)
The newest version of these signs as used in Germany and a neat explanation of what exactly these water protection areas are, written for the US military community in Ansbach, Germany (If interested, continue reading here):
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K Turner

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August-October 2019 CF
hehe, good one. it's actually easier if you don't read it.
it can be rivaled by this slovenian sign which means you need to make a right and a left before you can make that left turn to get you on the street you want.
View attachment 68076
We have these now in the state where I live in the USA. They're referred to here as "Michigan left" turns and aren't going over well, LOL.
 

caminka

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We have these now in the state where I live in the USA. They're referred to here as "Michigan left" turns and aren't going over well, LOL.
huh. I needed a really good look at the sign to understand what it wants me to do. then I remembered I saw similar arrangements on local roads in france (basically one-ways with a bit of space to avoid the oncoming car) where there is no space to really stop and make a turn. they came up with a similar solution so that the car wanting to make a turn doesn't get in the way of the oncoming traffic. I thought it was quite clever, actually.
 

mark connolly

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Camino(s) past & future
sept 2016 CF
sept 2017 Lourdes to SJPDP via Piemonte
SJPDP to SDC via CF
2019 CF (God willing)
A couple of points:


this slovenian sign which means you need to make a right and a left before you can make that left turn to get you on the street you want.
znak.jpg


They have this concept in the State of New Jersey what is known as Jughandles.


Also as @stratophile posted: "water protection area" as per Wikipedia. In the US, it is known as a "water shed" area. I am under the impression that this means that the water in the area will be used for human consumption, but Wikipedia makes no reference to that.

Hope that helps.

Mark
 

kazrobbo

Tassie Kaz
Camino(s) past & future
CF 2012
CP 2015
St Olavs Norway 2016
88T Japan 2017
PWC/VF 2019
Israel 2020 X
Wales CP 21?
KK?
VdlP?
They have this concept in the State of New Jersey what is known as Jughandles.


Also as @stratophile posted: "water protection area" as per Wikipedia. In the US, it is known as a "water shed" area. I am under the impression that this means that the water in the area will be used for human consumption, but Wikipedia makes no reference to that.

Hope that helps.

Mark
'Jughandle' 😄 ...great description 👏
We only have one example in Tassie (that I know of) & it's called a 'bay turn'....but now I'm going to write to the Dept of Infrastructure & request a name change...!😁
 
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