Regulatory and Warning Signs
General Traffic Safety
The Province of Ontario establishes guidelines for the use and installation of all regulatory traffic signs, including “stop” signs and speed limits.
Stop signs are intended to assign right-of-way at intersections. All-way stops are meant to clearly assign right- of-way at intersections where traffic volumes for all approaches are relatively equal. Specific technical criteria must be met for all-way stops to be warranted.
All-way stops are not to be used as a speed control or traffic calming device. Unwarranted all-way stops have several negative impacts:
- Increased driver frustration
- Increased disobedience of the signals
- Increased rear-end collisions
- Increased idling and air pollution
- Increased fuel consumption
If you would like to request the City conduct a technical warrant for the installation of an all-way stop, please contact the Contact Centre at 905–475-4704 or by email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Province of Ontario establishes guidelines for speed limits on all public roads.
Speed limit signs are regulatory and their purpose is to assign a legal maximum speed on a particular section of road.
Factors in determining a maximum speed include, but are not limited to road design, classification, and surrounding land uses (i.e. schools and residential).
Unless otherwise posted, the maximum allowable speed in urban areas is 50 km/h, and in rural areas it is 80 km/h. The City of Markham has posted 40 km/h speed limits on the majority of local residential streets, including school areas. Collector roads are typically posted at 50 km/h.
If you would like to request the City to evaluate the posted speed limit on your street, please contact the Contact Centre at 905–475-4704 or by email email@example.com.
Parking restriction signs can be found all over the City. The two most common signs are “No Parking” and “No Stopping” signs. Parking restrictions are enforceable through Markham By-law 2005-188 [PDF] and are implemented to help improve traffic safety and efficiency on the street.
No Parking – the halting of a vehicle, whether occupied or not, except when temporarily halting for the purpose of, and while actually engaged in loading or unloading goods or passengers
No Stopping – the halting or leaving of a motor vehicle, even momentarily, whether occupied or not, except when necessary to avoid conflict or in compliance with the directions of a police officer or of a traffic control sign or signal
If you would like to request the City to evaluate the need for parking restrictions on your street, please contact the Contact Centre at 905–475-4704 or by email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Warning signs provide advance notice to road users about unexpected and potentially dangerous conditions on or near the road. The driver is advised to exercise caution and is usually required to take action according to the hazard identified.
If you would like to request the City to evaluate a hazard or safety concern that may be addressed through the installation of a warning sign, please contact the Contact Centre at 905–475-4704 or by email email@example.com.