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Pavement markings

Markings on the roadway can provide the
following information:
• lane identification separating
opposing traffic
• traffic movement in the same direction
• traffic movement in the opposite
direction
• passing zones and no passing zones
• lane use and designation
• pedestrian crosswalks
• stop lines
• parking areas
• word or symbol messages

In some cases pavement markings
are used along with other traffic control
signs or signals.

Lane markings


Lane markings can be yellow or white,
single or double, solid or broken. These
lines provide important information about
direction of traffic flow, lane changing, lane
restrictions and passing.

SOLID LINE MARKINGS:

Solid lines mean that crossing the solid line
to pass or change lanes is not permitted.

BROKEN LINE MARKINGS:

Broken lines mean that crossing the
broken line to pass or change lanes
is permitted.

 

YELLOW LINE MARKINGS:

Yellow lines mean that vehicles on each
side of the yellow line must travel in
opposite directions. A yellow line should
always be on the driver’s left side.

 Solid yellow lines, single or double, indicate
 that passing is not permitted.

 Broken yellow lines indicate that passing is
 permitted. Be sure that the lane is clear and
 the pass can be completed safely.

 A solid yellow line and a broken yellow line
 together indicate that a pass is permitted for
 the driver who has the broken line on his or her
 side of the roadway. Passing is not permitted
 for the driver with the solid yellow line on their
 side of the roadway.

WHITE LINE MARKINGS:

White lines mean that vehicles on each
side of the white line are travelling in the
same direction.

38  A Driver's Guide to Operation, Safety and Licensing 

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