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Okay, I don't know why I'm having such difficulty finding an answer online. I found an example of the sign on Google Images but the hosting site is down and there is no cache, and searches using "blue background red cross white arrow" aren't turning up relevant results. [Update, 2019: Now they do! This page being the top result.]

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I'm driving for the first time in Europe—in Munich, Germany—and I came across an intersection where there seemed to a "main" signal above, straight ahead, and a "side" signal to the right, near the bicycle lane. The above pictured sign was affixed to its pole.

If this sign were standalone, there'd be less of a question about what it means. But...

  1. It was a right turn from a smaller road to a main road, so it seemed unlikely that right turns wouldn't be allowed.

  2. It was affixed to a side signal, so I thought it might mean to indicate that this side signal is a separate turn signal one should adhere to in order to make right turns (presumably to protect bicyclists and pedestrians).

  3. A police car behind me, which I was nervously watching while waiting at the light, turned on its right-turn signal.

Was it fine to make a right turn? (The police didn't stop me, but I heard that you just get ticketed in the mail for violations.)

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Provided there were no other sign or rule forbidding it, turning was perfectly fine. The red X cross on blue background means it's forbidden to stop (absolutes Halteverbot).

It's somewhat similar to the more well-known “no parking” sign, but stricter (parking is defined as leaving your vehicle or letting it stand longer than three minutes whereas this signs also covers shorter stops). Waiting because there is a traffic light, the conditions force you to come to a stop (traffic jam, emergency…) or the police orders it is explicitly allowed but stopping for any other reason (like letting someone get off your car) is not.

Arrows inside the circle are unrelated to any turn but specify the area of validity of the sign (it starts where there is a road-pointing arrow and ends where there is a an arrow pointing away from the road). In your case, and assuming the sign was placed on the right of the road, it would mean it's forbidden to stop before the sign (and the intersection).

I suspect it might have been affixed to another sign as a cost saving measure or to minimize obstruction and is completely unrelated to crossing rules for this intersection.

More details are available on Wikipedia (in German)

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    Ah, so I misinterpreted the very basic meaning of the sign to begin with—it's forbidding one to stop, not forbidding one to go one way or another. Thank you! Commented Jul 1, 2015 at 7:46
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    Just to add: In the UK this is known as a clearway, although the signs for it seem much less common than they once were.
    – CMaster
    Commented Jul 1, 2015 at 8:15
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    @GuidoPreite No, the sign always refers to the side of the street it is on. The left arrow indicates the start of the no stop zone and an right arrow indicated that this is the end of the no stop zone. There is also one with arrows in both direction, which tells you that you are in a no stop zone and that you can neither stop directly before or after the sign.
    – Erik
    Commented Jul 1, 2015 at 8:29
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    @AndrewCheong Not quite. The two sings you linked to denote a "zone", i.e. an area in a city, inside which parking is prohibited anywhere. The sign the OP refers to denotes a section of a single road/street where stopping is prohibited on the right side of the road. The "end of zone" sign cannot terminate the unrelated Halteverbot sign of the OP.
    – JimmyB
    Commented Jul 1, 2015 at 12:23
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    The arrows make more sense if you imagine the signs facing the street. (And, indeed, they are often mounted in a somewhat angled diagonal orientation to make this easier to see.) Facing the street, one arrow would point in the driving direction and indicate "from here", the other one against the driving direction, indicating "up to here". Imagine the following ASCII art representing the right side of the street: ____________->... no stopping here ... <-__________ Commented Jul 3, 2015 at 11:32
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Red circle means Prohibition, round signal means law-enforced (as per driving code and rules), upper left to lower right red bar means prohibition to park your vehicle (2 or more minutes and stopped engine supposes your car is parked) and upper left to lower right with a 'mirrored' lower left to upper right red bar means prohibition to park or pulling over your car(be it to get up or down your car people or things) and the white arrows indicate "from this sign up the direction the arrow is pointing".

With exception of the arrow, this sign is internationally standardized by the Vienna Convention on Road Signs and Signals (though not all signatories use this sign) as laid down in part 1, annex 1, section C II, Nr. 9.

Standing and Parking Prohibited (sign C, 19)

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  • Are those international standards for traffic signs? Commented Jul 2, 2015 at 13:35
  • It's the same in Russia. Except we don't have the white arrows. Commented Jul 2, 2015 at 13:48
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    @Mindwin Yes, those are all laid down in the Vienna Convention on Road Signs and Signals. Specifically the question is about sign C, 18.
    – neo
    Commented Jul 2, 2015 at 13:49
  • Can you add that info to the answer, and provide a link to that convention? It would improve the answer greatly (the comments are volatile. P.S.: @neo i only noticed after posting that you aren't the answer poster.... lolz. Commented Jul 2, 2015 at 13:51
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    @SergioTulentsev usually the arrows, if they exist at all, are placed in a white rectangular sign below the sign, I didn't know the germans put them on the sign itself. Also to avoid the confusion the arrows are often vertical, like this (ignore the graffiti on the double arrows in the reminding signs): sicurauto.it/upload/news_/14310/img/9382-divieto_fermata.jpg
    – Formagella
    Commented Jul 3, 2015 at 12:13

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