Stop and give way signs and lines

‘Stop’ and ‘Give way’ signs and lines help to control traffic at intersections on NSW roads.

Stop signs and stop lines

When you approach a ‘Stop’ sign and ‘Stop’ line (single unbroken line), you must come to a complete stop. You must stop before the line, and as close as possible to the line.

If there’s a ‘Stop’ sign but no line at an intersection, you must stop before, and as close as possible, to the intersection. At all other places where there’s a ‘Stop’ sign but no line, you must stop before, and as close as possible, to the sign.

There are different rules for giving way at ‘Stop’ signs and ‘Stop’ lines at:

'Stop' sign

At other places with a ‘Stop’ sign or line, you must give way to any vehicle or pedestrian at or near the sign or line.

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'Stop' road sign

‘Stop’ sign (traffic controller)

You must stop at a 'Stop' sign held by a traffic controller — for example, at roadworks and children's crossings. You must remain at a complete stop until the controller stops showing the sign, or signals you can go.

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‘Stop’ road sign (traffic controller’s)

‘Stop’ sign at traffic lights

Some intersections with traffic lights have a ‘Stop’ sign with three black dots. If the lights are not working or are flashing yellow, you must follow the same rules as for a ‘Stop’ sign.

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Road sign with 'Stop' and 3 black dots

Slow down to stop sign

The ‘Stop sign ahead’ sign warns you that you’re approaching a ‘Stop’ sign. You should slow down and prepare to stop.

Stop sign ahead
'Stop sign ahead, slow down' road sign

Give way signs and give way lines

‘Give way’ signs and ‘Give way’ lines are used at intersections to control traffic.

A ‘Give way’ sign is a regulatory sign and must be obeyed by law.

When you approach a ‘Give way’ sign or ‘Give way’ line (single broken line), you must slow down and prepare to stop.

There are different rules for giving way at ‘Give way’ signs and ‘Give way’ lines at:

  • intersections
  • narrow bridges and roads
  • pedestrian crossings.

'Give way' sign

At other places with a ‘Give way’ sign or line, you must give way to any vehicle or pedestrian at or near the sign or line.

Give way sign
'Give way' road sign

The ‘Give way sign ahead’ sign warns you that you’re approaching a ‘Give way’ sign. You should slow down and prepare to stop.

Give way sign ahead
'Give way sign ahead, slow down' road sign
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