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|Dutch term or phrase: voorrangsweg|
|The British English translation for the Dutch word "voorrangsweg" is "priority road". As far as I know, there is no American English equivalent. Can anyone confirm or refute this?|
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|Reference: priority road|
Regardless of whether a 'priority road' is a known concept in a given country, the concept of a 'priority road' is regulated in the Vienna Convention on Road Traffic in conjunction with the Vienna Convention on Road Signs and Signals.
Article 10 of the latter stipulates:
-> "7. Sign B, 3, "PRIORITY ROAD", shall be used to notify users of a road that, at intersections of that road with other roads, the drivers of vehicles moving along or coming from such other roads are required to give way to vehicles moving along that road. This sign may be set up at the beginning of the road and repeated after each intersection; it may also be set up before or at the intersection. Where sign B, 3 has been set up on a road, sign B, 4, "END OF PRIORITY", shall be placed at the approach to the point where the road ceases to have priority over other roads."
Sign B3 here (the numbering has changed slightly since this version) refers to the yellow diamond with a white border, which most drivers in mainland Europe will be familiar with.
As such, I think it's fair to say that 'priority road' is the correct term here as it has been ratified by the countries that have signed the Conventions referred to above regardless of whether those countries actually use the concept of a 'priority road' in their own traffic systems.
Cf. also http://www.verkeerenwaterstaat.nl/Images/RVVbroch_NL-2008_we...
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