Traffic Signs Manual – Chapter 5 – Road markings

  • Published: Department for Transport, Department for Regional Development (Northern Ireland), Scottish Executive and Welsh Assembly Government, 2003
  • Authors: Department for Transport, Department for Regional Development (Northern Ireland), Scottish Executive and Welsh Assembly Government
  • Date Added: 07 Feb 2013
  • Last Update: 12 Feb 2016
  • Format: pdf

Objectives: This manual sets out the codes to be followed in the use of road markings both on all-purpose roads and motorways.

Methodology: Collation of UK legislation, policy and guidance on the use of road markings on all-purpose roads and motorways.

Key Findings:

  • Road markings serve a very important function in conveying to road users information and requirements which might not be possible using upright signs. They have the advantage that they can often be seen when a verge-mounted sign is obscured, and, unlike such signs, they can provide a continuing message.

  • Road markings have their limitations. They may be completely obliterated by snow. Their conspicuity is impaired when wet or dirty, and their effective life is reduced if they are subjected to heavy trafficking.

  • Road markings make a vital contribution to safety, e.g. by clearly defining the path to be followed through hazards, by separating conflicting movements and by delineating the road edge on unlit roads at night.

Themes:

Signs and markings, policy, legislation

Comments:

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