Tagalog translation of LTO traffic signs, just in case you need one

Updated Sep 15, 2020 | Same topic: Let's Drive Smart!
It still pays to know.

I. LTO traffic signs Tagalog: Introduction

Filipinos are known to speak the English language really well. In fact, some Filipinos living in the country can’t even speak proper Tagalog. The English language has been the unofficial second language in the Philippines thanks to historical events.

This factor could be the reason why the Land Transportation Office (LTO) decided to write every traffic road sign in the country in English. There are still some road traffic signs written in Tagalog such as BAWAL MAGSAKAY AT MAGBABA, BAWAL MAHINTAY ANO MANG ORAS, among others.

A sign in the PH in red

Needless to say, it's better to have a piece of knowledge on both road sign languages. [Photo: Tagalog Basics]

The road traffic signs written in English seem to not take a toll on the daily drive of every Filipino. Based upon current situations, it seems like LTO will not replace all English written road traffic signs to Tagalog anytime soon.

Despite establishing the English language as the standard for most road traffic signs, LTO still made some traffic signs in Tagalog – although they are not used in the streets. The Tagalog road traffic signs are mainly used in its driver’s license examinations.

II. LTO traffic signs in Tagalog: What is the importance of knowing the signs?

Knowing plenty of road traffic signs provide so many benefits regardless if they are in Tagalog or English. The most important thing is knowing all the road traffic signs is it can save you from potential danger. Take the ‘slippery when wet’ road sign for example. If you are driving fast on roads with this sign, it could lead to an unwanted accident as you will slip off the road.

Another example is the sharp left road sign. Roads with a sharp left sign are accident-prone especially if the driver failed to slow down in time. Keeping an eye for these road traffic signs can reduce the risk of an accident.

A road with a yellow sign on the side

Keeping an eye on road signs is... really important

If you are in an unfamiliar place, chances are you will drive through a one-way street. What’s worse is that when a traffic enforcer sees your fault and handed you a ticket. But, if you are aware of the road traffic signs, then moments like that can be avoided.

Driving a truck is one of the most difficult jobs to have. Apart from the sleepless nights, truck drivers should be well-versed when it comes to road traffic signs as there are many restrictions. For the most part, these restrictions have something to do with size and weight.

The last piece of advice we can give why knowing most of the traffic road signs is that they will be used in LTO licensure examinations. There are still people who fail LTO’s written examinations so you might want to be ready when your time comes.

III. LTO road signs Tagalog translation: English to Tagalog

Traffic Sign
English
Tagalog
Stop sign
Huminto ka
Give way sign
Give way sign
Magbigay ka
Left turners must give way
Left turners must give way
Magbigay daan sa mga papakaliwa
No cars
No cars
Bawal pumasok ang anumang sasakyan
No jeepneys
No jeepneys
Bawal pumasok ang jeep
No trucks
No trucks
Bawal pumasok ang trak
No bus
No bus
Bawal pumasok ang bus
No bicycle
No bicycle
Bawal pumasok ang bisikleta
No motorcycle
No motorcycle
Bawal pumasok ang motorsiklo
No tricycle
No tricycle
Bawal pumasok ang traysikel
No vehicles with trailer
No vehicles with trailer
Bawal pumasok ang sasakyang may nakakabit na trailer
No animal drawn vehicles
No animal drawn vehicles
Bawal pumasok ang kalesa
No U-turn
No U-turn
Bawal mag U-turn
No overtaking
No overtaking
Bawal ang lumusot
Maximum speed restriction
Maximum speed restriction
Nakatakdang tulin ng sasakyan
No waiting anytime
No waiting anytime
Bawal mag-antay ano mang oras
No loading and unloading anytime
No loading and unloading anytime
Bawal magsakay at magbaba
No entry for all types of vehicles
No entry for all types of vehicles
Bawal pumasok ang lahat ng klase ng sasakyan
No entry for vehicles with gross vehicle mass of more than 5 tonnes
No entry for vehicles with gross vehicle mass of more than 5 tonnes
Bawal pumasok ang anumang sasakyan na may bigat na hihigit sa 5 tonelada
No entry for vehicles with more than 110 meter in length
No entry for vehicles with more than 110 meter in length
Bawal pumasok ang anumang sasakyan na hihigit sa 110 metro ang haba
No entry for vehicles with more 2 meter of width
No entry for vehicles with more 2 meter of width
Bawal pumasok ang anumang sasakyan na hihigit sa 2 metro ang lapad
No entry for vehicles with 3.5 meters in height
No entry for vehicles with 3.5 meters in height
Bawal pumasok ang anumang sasakyan na hihigit sa 3.5 metro ang taas
No blowing of horns
No blowing of horns
Bawal bumusina
Hospital zone
Hospital zone
Lugar ng hospital
Two-way traffic sign
Two-way traffic sign
Liliko ang kalsada pakaliwa o pakana
No left turn
No left turn
Bawal lumiko pakaliwa
No right turn
No right turn
Bawal lumiko pakanan
Two way traffic ahead sign
Two way traffic ahead sign
Two-way na trapiko
Zebra crossing
Zebra crossing
Lugar tawiran
Roundabout ahead
Roundabout ahead
Ikaw ay paparating sa rotunda
No parking
No parking
Bawal pumarada
Uphill sign
Uphill sign
Matarik ang paakyat na direksyon ng kalsada
Turn left only
Turn left only
Maari lamang lumiko pakaliwa
Turn right only
Turn right only
Maara lamang lumiko pakanan
Approach to intersection merging traffic
Approach to intersection merging traffic
Sasanib sa trapiko pagpasok sa sangandaan
School zone/Children crossing
School zone/Children crossing
Lugar ng paaralan
Zigzag sign ahead
Zigzag sign ahead
Papalupot ang kalsada sa unahan
Approach to intersection
Approach to intersection
Babala ng sangandaan
Sharp turn (left)
Sharp turn (left)
Delikado ang kurbada sa kaliwa
Sharp turn (right)
Sharp turn (right)
Delikado ang kurbada sa kanan
River bank
River bank
Ilog
Animal crossing ahead
Animal crossing ahead
Tawiran ng hayop*
Men working ahead
Men working ahead
Ginagawa ang kalsada*
Double bend ahead, first to the left
Double bend ahead, first to the left
Doble ang kurbandang delikado sa kaliwa
Double bend ahead, first to the right
Double bend ahead, first to the right
Doble ang kurbandang delikado sa kanan
Landslide-prone area
Landslide-prone area
Panganib sa nahuhulog na bato
Slippery when wet
Slippery when wet
Madulas ang kalsada
Uneven road ahead
Uneven road ahead
Baku-bakong kalsada
Train Crossing Ahead
Train Crossing Ahead
Daang tren

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IV. FAQs about LTO traffic road signs

Q: Are Tagalog traffic road signs used in the Philippines?

Yes, there are some areas in the Philippines where Tagalog traffic road signs are used. However, for the most part, traffic road signs in the country are written in English by LTO.

Q: How much is the fine for violating traffic road signs?

Most traffic road signs have a fine of Php 1,000 imposed by the LTO. The violation fees can be higher depending on the violation.

Q: How many questions does LTO put in its examinations?

For those who are applying for a non-professional license, LTO is providing 40 questions. While for those who are applying for a professional license, LTO is providing 60 questions.

Q: Where can I study for my LTO exams?

There are many reviewers LTO is providing online. These reviewers include a questionnaire for non-professional driver’s license applicants, questionnaires for professional driver’s license applicants heavy vehicles), road traffic signs, and more.

Q: How many traffic road signs are there?

Traffic road signs are countless. However, you would not need to know all of them in order to drive safely. In the Philippines, these signs are regulated and standardized by the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH).

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