Wednesday, August 18, 2010

The Highway Code - General rules, techniques and advice for all drivers and riders(Lines and lane markings on the road)

The Highway Code Introduction

The Highway Code - Rules for drivers and motorcyclists ( 89-102 )

A broken white line. This marks the centre of the road. When this line 
lengthens and the gaps shorten, it means that there is a hazard 
ahead. Do not cross it unless you can see the road is clear and wish 
to overtake or turn off.
Double white lines where the line nearest to you is broken. This means 
you may cross the lines to overtake if it is safe, provided you can 
complete the manoeuvre before reaching a solid white line on your 
side. White direction arrows on the road indicate that you need to 
get back onto your side of the road.

129) Double white lines where the line nearest you is solid. This means
you MUST NOT cross or straddle it unless it is safe and you need
to enter adjoining premises or a side road. You may cross the the
line if necessary, provided the road is clear, to pass a stationary
vehicle, or overtake a pedal cycle, horse or road maintenance vehicle,
if they are travelling at 10 mph (16 km/h) or less.  
Laws RTA 1988 sect 36 & TSRGD regs 10 & 26
130) Areas of white diagonal stripes or chevrons painted on the road. These
are to separate traffic lanes or to protect traffic turning right.
If the area is bordered by a broken white line, you should not enter
the area unless it is necessary and you can see that it is safe
to do so.
If the area is marked with chevrons and bordered by solid
white lines you MUST NOT enter it except in an emergency.
Laws MT(E&W)R regs 5, 9, 10 & 16, MT(S)R regs 4, 8, 9 
& 14, RTA sect 36 & TSRGD 10(1)
131) Lane dividers. These are short, broken white lines which are used on
wide carriageways to divide them into lanes. You should keep
between them.
Reflective road studs may be used with white lines.
white studs mark the lanes or the middle of the road
red studs mark the left edge of the road
amber studs mark the central reservation of a dual
carriageway or motorway
green studs mark the edge of the main carriageway at
lay-bys and slip roads
green/yellow studs indicate temporary adjustments to
lane layouts, e.g. where road works are taking place

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