A motorway road sign indicating the distance in Croatia

Road signs in Croatia are regulated in Pravilnik o prometnim znakovima signalizaciji i opremi na cestama.[1] The shape and design of the road signs largely follow the road signs used in most European countries, including European Union countries (France, Germany, Italy and etc.), to which Croatia joined in 2013. A similar design of road signs is used in the neighboring countries of the former Yugoslavia like Slovenia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, and also North Macedonia (the latter two are not members of the EU).

The former Yugoslavia had originally signed the Vienna Convention on Road Signs and Signals on November 8, 1968 and ratified it on June 6, 1977.[2] Yugoslavia formerly used a yellow background on warning signs. After the breakup of Yugoslavia when Croatia declared its independence in 1991, the country succeeded to the Vienna Convention on November 2, 1993.

Warning signs

Warning signs (Croatian: Znakovi opasnosti) indicate to road users the proximity of a part of the road or a place where road users are at risk.[3][4]

Order signs

Order signs (Croatian: Znakovi izričitih naredbi) inform road users of prohibitions, restrictions and obligations.[5][6] This category includes priority signs "Stop sign", "Give Way", "Yield to oncoming traffic", prohibitory and mandatory signs.

Information signs

Information signs (Croatian: Znakovi obavijesti) provide road users with the necessary information about the road they are on, the names of the places through which the road passes and the distances to those places, the termination of validity of explicit command signs, and other information that can be useful to them.[7][8] This category includes priority signs "Priority over oncoming traffic" "Priority road" and "End of priority road".

Information and direction signs

Information and direction signs (Croatian: Znakovi obavijesti za vođenje prometa) inform road users about the provision of road directions, the layout of destinations and the management of traffic towards them, intersections and junctions on a certain road direction and distances to destinations.[9][10]

Additional signs

Additional signs (Croatian: Dopunske ploče) are used in addition to warning, order and information signs. Additional signs specify the meaning of the traffic sign in more detail.[11][12]

Retired signs

See also


  1. ^ "Pravilnik o prometnim znakovima, signalizaciji i opremi na cestama". narodne-novine.nn.hr (in Croatian). Retrieved 2023-02-28.
  2. ^ "United Nations Treaty Collection". treaties.un.org. Retrieved 2023-12-08.
  3. ^ "A - Znakovi opasnosti | Vepel d.o.o." (in Croatian). Retrieved 2023-09-01.
  4. ^ "A". narodne-novine.nn.hr. Retrieved 2023-09-01.
  5. ^ "B - Znakovi izričitih naredbi | Vepel d.o.o." (in Croatian). Retrieved 2023-09-01.
  6. ^ "B". narodne-novine.nn.hr (in Croatian). Retrieved 2023-09-01.
  7. ^ "C - Znakovi obavijesti | Vepel d.o.o." (in Croatian). Retrieved 2023-09-01.
  8. ^ "C". narodne-novine.nn.hr. Retrieved 2023-09-01.
  9. ^ "D - Znakovi obavijesti za vođenje prometa | Vepel d.o.o." (in Croatian). Retrieved 2023-09-01.
  10. ^ "D". narodne-novine.nn.hr (in Croatian). Retrieved 2023-09-01.
  11. ^ "E - Dopunske ploče | Vepel d.o.o." (in Croatian). Retrieved 2023-09-01.
  12. ^ "E". narodne-novine.nn.hr (in Croatian). Retrieved 2023-09-01.