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Is it illegal to turn a vehicle on a roadway without signalling?

The Highway Traffic Act in Newfoundland and Labrador does not require a turn signal in all circumstances. 

The key requirement of section 113(1) is that a driver must not turn a vehicle at an intersection “without giving an appropriate signal to traffic which may be affected by that movement.”  The key word is “affected”. 

If there is no traffic in the vicinity to be affected, or if the traffic which is in the vicinity can conduct itself safely without being affected by the turning vehicle, then it is not a violation of the rules of the road to fail to signal a turn. 

Of course it is a good driving habit to use the turning signal in all situations without making a judgment as to whether there is traffic which may be affected – eventually you may get the judgment wrong.