Saturday, March 17, 2007

Arret- # 50

The stop sign on this bus is not Arabic, and not English... what language is this?

8 comments:

Pat said...

It's French! How come?


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Marcia said...

THANKS PAT!! It was drivin me nuts! I have no idea why a sign would be in French here (to my knowledge, France isn't one of the main influences here.) Most signs are in Arabic, Enlish; and some in Hindi.

noony said...

hi , I'm enjoying the pics in ur blog! I'm kuwaiti so its making me miss home ; )
I have no idea why a french sign is there ...hmm interesting!

Ann (MobayDP) said...

Maybe the bus was donated by a French company or by the French government?

Flaming Carrot said...

You know what's driving me crazy now? The fact that Arret in french means stop.

Why again, would you have a stop sign on a bus? On a bus 'stop' maybe, yes. Oh well.

Nice pics.

yo_ghurt said...

It's probably an old Canadian school bus. Which is why it looks like a US one but has signage in French. The sign is a warning to drivers nearby (maybe overtaking a school bus is illegal in Canada, as it is in the US).

Gene Aker said...

My guess is that this is (or orginally was used as) as a school bus. Swing-out "stop" signs like this one are used on school buses in North America, and presumably in other parts of the world, where vehicle codes require traffic to stop as children exit the bus. The use of "Arret" suggests that perhaps this was a second-hand bus originally used in the province of Quebec in Canada. I don't think it is from France because there, as I recall, in compliance with international standards, "STOP" is used on signage. I have seen "ARRET" used on STOP signs in Quebec.

Matthieu said...

Definitely that's French.
I suppose that the sign can rotate so as to warn the following drivers that the bus is going to stop. What do you think ?