You Figure it Out

You Figure it Out

Submitted by: Beijing, several places via Oddly Specific

Obviously it was enough of a problem that they needed a sign.

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57 Responses to You Figure it Out

  1. Someone says:

    “No peacocks on the roofs”?

    “No cars with big hair”?

  2. Meg says:

    Aw, no car turbans?

  3. Mune Pettan says:

    These clown cars are getting out of hand, no wonder they have a sign for them now. Also, no driving buses sideways. That’s just silly.

  4. Luka says:

    No cars with Afros?

  5. 5150 says:

    No parachute stopping cars. You need brakes in this place.

  6. Dowser says:

    Absolutely no car-bombs between 8:00 and 19:00 at weekdays.
    Nights and weekends are fine.

    • tina says:

      thts when the freaks come out….so a little car bomb here and there after hours is perfectly legal.

  7. foxxxyben says:

    I swear I’ve seen signs like this in Spain as well. They’re pretty crazy with their fireworks, particularly during festivals, so it’s actually kinda an issue.

  8. ArcticWolf says:

    Lol, I wonder if this is in Ireland…

  9. UKSponge360 says:

    I’m a Brit, and we have these signs over here as well, it means something like ‘no cars carrying explosive devices’ … no really

    • jic says:

      “I’m a Brit, and we have these signs over here as well”


    • tahrey says:

      Tunnels, mostly. Maybe not really “all over the place”, but I have seen them here and there. We don’t have enough road tunnels (or bridges) of sufficient length and fragility for it to be common.

      All over the place in the more mountainous bits of europe, mind. Like Foxxy, seen a few in spain particularly.

    • tahrey says:

      Also roads through military-owned land (firing ranges and the like) and forest tracks. Like, where it would be a security issue or a fire risk.

      Usually then it’s dealt with by an american-style text sign instead though.

  10. tv says:

    Looks like no cars hauling big stuff on top; low vertical clearance head. This would fit the bus too.

    • CK159 says:

      Because everyone knows the low vertical clearance lifts up out of the way after 7pm, right?

  11. CaptainObvious says:

    These are all over Beijing. I remember seeing them on both sides of Tian’anmen and along the sides of the flanking government buildings and the Egg. I am sure there are other places as well.

    Basically, I asked a soldier and he said it was for no exploding cars, and told me complete with hand gestures!

  12. Cladinshadow says:

    Only you can prevent car fires.

  13. Ruxi says:

    These are international signs present in several countries.
    It means “no autovehicles carring explosibile devices allowed” and “no buses allowed” between 8am and 7pm.
    Nothing to laugh at….

  14. GaujaDaBiatch says:

    I’ve seen this in “Spain”, too…I always thought it meant “No police cars allowed” XD

  15. Bob says:

    It means no cars carrying explosives, such as fireworks. Though it does look like an afro car.

    • tahrey says:

      …and compressed gas tanks, excessive amounts of fuel (like a trunk full of gasoline cans), and a number of other things besides.

  16. Pandy says:

    So they think that someone that would explode their own cars might stop for a minute and look at the sigh? “Oh wait! Can’t do it. My watch reads at 8:30!

  17. randomnerd says:

    No throwing spears at flaming cars?

  18. Jan says:

    We’ve got a similar sign here in Belgium which means “no LPG converted cars allowed” as they’re banned from certain tunnels. Can’t find a picture of one at the moment…

  19. Flo says:

    That is a conventional sign that warns the driver that he may have stuff falling on the car (like plaster from the ceiling of an underground passageway). Obviously you cannot have bombs around, why would they have a sign for that?!

    • Icovada says:

      No it’s not. That sign means that no cars transporting explosives are allowed.

    • Flo says:

      You are never allowed to transport explosives without proper packaging and authorizations, why would there be a need for a sign?

    • Icovada says:

      I don’t know, but that sign does exist

    • andy says:

      it means no fireworks. or buses after certain hours. because of the loud noise and people need to sleep… or sth.

    • tahrey says:

      I don’t know what kind of supra-chinese authoritarian regieme YOU’RE living under, but it’s common enough to be allowed to cart potentially explosive things around without getting written authorisation. We are still, at least partly, assumed to be responsible adults who won’t generally do completely idiotic things. You’re driving a vehicle with a tank full of volatile fuel after all. Fireworks can be bought at corner shops in holiday season. Cigarette lighters also bought from the same place. Some may be running a vehicle powered by compressed methane or similar gas, and in the future, hydrogen. Some stuff requires a certification and a sign on the vehicle (compressed tanks above and beyond that required for LPG, for example – or low level doses of radiopharmaceuticals), but once you have those you can truck about happy as larry, and there’s no particular spec required for said vehicle… anything from a scooter on up, so long as there’s somewhere to put the warning plates.

      So yeah, if there’s somewhere it’d be dangerous to carry low to moderate risk explosive substances (e.g. in a tunnel, where fumes wouldn’t vent very well, and an explosion or fire would be drastically amplified in ferocity), then you’re going to need a prohibition sign.

      Weapons grade explosives and other such nasty stuff, now that’s a different matter, more likely to need special authorisation for transport on public roads and maybe filing of a double-checked route plan. But they’re often illegal for private ownership anyway.

    • Amarinth says:

      Finally, intelligence! I almost lost hope wading through the comments for each sign on this site!
      Thank you, tahrey. Thank you for being the voice of intelligence and reason! May whatever god or goddess you follow — if you do — bless you for your attempt to educate!
      Also, I think it’s an anti-peacock car sign. =P

  20. lynx318 says:

    Here in OZ land it means No Rocket cars !

  21. not-a-belgian says:

    I’ve seen the peacock-on-the-car-roof sign in Belgium, too.

  22. Lizard says:

    I knew there were going to be problems when Zippo started making cars

  23. CapnJimmy says:

    It would appear that they have too many action movies going through there.

  24. Tisatrap says:

    “Transit denied to vehicles carrying potentially flammable materials”

    Used almost everywhere outside the U.S., calm down.

    • Thursday says:

      Isn’t gasoline a potentially flammable material?

    • Icovada says:

      Yeah, but somehow the vehicle has got to move… it means no explosives _other_ than gasoline in the tank

    • tahrey says:

      Only a matter of time before the euro-standard “no motor vehicles” sign gets featured with an Evel Knievel caption, I reckon.

  25. Becky says:

    Obviously, it is a ban on flame-throwing vehicles such as this bus:

  26. gravy says:

    I’ve been to Beijing last week, these signs were everywhere. We guessed they mean something along the lines of “do not set your car on fire here”.

  27. Ross says:

    Definitely have these signs in the UK – no vehicles (don’t think it’s car-specific) carrying explosives. Notably found around tunnels.

    There are quite a lot of explosives you can carry legally without signage on your vehicle (in small quantities)

    • jic says:

      I’ll take your word for it; but I’ve been driving in the UK for about 16 years, and I’ve never seen that sign before. There aren’t many tunnels near me, though.

  28. Will says:

    C’mon, people, it’s obviusly for when Godzilla shows up!
    of course that could bi in China, but I’m not sure… could someone who can read kanji help?

  29. Will says:

    oops… be*

  30. me says:

    don’t go under 50mph or the car will blow up, cuz buses aren’t allowed

  31. iwildboy says:

    no flaming peacocks?

  32. Guzzo says:

    Well fine, China, I’ll find other places to drive my Pinto from 8 ’til 19.

  33. uplink says:

    I looked at the picture. Than again. And again… And AGAIN! And I couldn’t see what the joke was. Those signs are described by the Vienna Convension on Road Signs and Signals: (which the US isn’t a part of). China isn’t part of it either, but otherwise people would just get confused with they came up with their own signage.

    It means “no vehicles carrying flammable/explosive substances”, and they’re usually used in situations where an incident caused by such a vehicle could be hard to contain and/or could cause many victims.

    My guess is that in that interval there are many people around and an accident would kill enough of them to make the communist regime blush.

  34. Helen says:

    There’s a similar sign on my route home from work, I think it means no exploding peacocks.

  35. -bang keyboard with helmet says:

    Now how am I supposed to play Burnout without using crashbreakers?

  36. mbishop says:

    Under no surcumstances are you allowed to light your car on fire and drive it through this.

  37. Kumiho says:

    How about no strapping of JATOs to the roof of your car? Mythbusters might be out then.

  38. LaSombra says:

    This is a road sign defined by the European ADR convention (ADR is Automobile transport of Dangerous goods by Road). It means “No entry for explosive-carrying vehicles. It’s actually a pretty rare sign to see even in Europe, so few people know what it means.

  39. Bladergroen says:

    Same sign I’ve seen in Belgium – around Antwerp it appears loads. Have always wondered what the heck it could mean. Something with an exploding roof?

  40. Carine says:

    Yes, these signs are all over Europe, and at least in China. And whether they are rare or not, we all are supposed to – and do – know what they mean… i.e. “no entry for vehicles carrying explosive, highly flammable or otherwise dangerous substance”.

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