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The Motor Vehicles Ordinance, 1983

( Ordinance NO. LV OF 1983 )

Chapter VII


Power to erect traffic signs
89. (1) The Government or any authority authorised in this behalf by the Government may cause or permit traffic signs to be placed or erected in any public place for the purpose of bringing to public notice any speed limit fixed under sub section (2) of section 85 or any prohibition or restriction imposed under section 88, or generally for the purpose of regulating motor vehicle traffic.
(2) Traffic signs erected under sub section (1) for any purpose for which provision is made in the Ninth Schedule shall be of the size, colour and type and shall have the meanings set forth in the Ninth Schedule, but the Government or any authority empowered in this behalf by the Government may make or authorise the addition to any sign set forth in the said Schedule, or transcriptions of the words, letters or figures thereon in such script as the Government may think fit, provided that the transcriptions shall be of similar size and colour to the words, letters or figures set forth in the Ninth Schedule.
(3) Except as provided by sub section (1) no traffic sign shall, after the commencement of this Ordinance, be placed or erected on or near any road; but all traffic signs erected prior to the commencement of this Ordinance by any competent authority shall for the purposes of this Ordinance be deemed to be traffic signs erected under the provisions of sub section (1).
(4) The Government may, by notification in the official Gazette, empower any District Magistrate or Superintendent of Police or the Commissioner of Police in the Metropolitan Areas or any other prescribed authority to remove or cause to be removed any sign or advertisment which is so placed in his opinion as to obscure any traffic sign from view or any sign or advertisement which is in his opinion so similar in appearance to a traffic sign as to be misleading.
(5) No person shall wilfully remove, alter, deface or in any way tamper with, any traffic signs placed or erected under this section.
(6) If any person accidentally causes such damage to traffic sign as renders it useless for purpose for which it is placed or erected under this section, he shall report the circumstances of the occurrence to a police officer or at a police station as soon as possible, and in any case within twenty four hours of the occurrence.
(7) For the purpose of bringing the signs set forth in the Ninth Schedule in conformity with any International Convention relative to motor traffic to which the Government is for the time being a party the Government may, by notification in the official Gazette, make any addition or alteration to any such notification, and the Ninth Schedule shall be deemed to be amended accordingly.

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