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This odd-looking signal appeared to be a warning that freeway ramp meter signals were operating. The bus I was in went straight through the red lights. This appeared to be standard practice in Taiwan.
Some freeway ramp signals.
This scene, also snapped from the bus, shows scooter riders waiting at a signal with a green left turn arrow near a freeway entrance. Motorbikes and scooters are not permitted in freeways in Taiwan. Given the way many ride, this is probably good for EVERYBODY'S safety.
The same signals as the bus entered the intersection.
No signs or signals in this shot, but, ummm!  Well, check out the load on the back of the small truck in this photo. Such things are not uncommon in Taiwan.
Where 2 roads intersect at acute angles, little, if any attempt is made to shield indications of signals from other roads. In one location I noted both green and red signals aimed directly at us. My driver did not know which applied to which street. So, we went when it appeared safe - which happens at most locations anyway.
Many Taiwanese will enter an intersection as soon as the signals on the side street turn amber. The amber phase in Taiwan lasts only 3 seconds due to the generally slow moving traffic.
A curve sign before an intersection.

Chevron sign and traffic signal.

Black and yellow markings on the kerbing of a 4-carriageway road.
Many quieter intersections, even outside towns, have these flashing amber signals (red for the lesser street). These 4 photos were taken at the same location. Although this is a T-junction, there is still a light facing the direction that has no street.
Various pedestrian signs.
Railway level crossing sign.
A median marker advising traffic to pass either side.
An underground car park signal. Even this is a 300mm lens signal.
A sign warning of an uneven surface.
Traffic signal with streetlight.

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