Not all line markings are the same. There are different types of lime marking available for pedestrian crossings. Moreover, the specifications for line markings differ in different countries. Still, there is uniformity in the line markings within each country to avoid any confusion among the drivers and pedestrians.
There are certain rules and regulations followed in each country regarding the size, colour, and width of the line marking. There are solid lines, longitudinal markings, double lines, diagonal lines, dual colour lines, and so on. Let us have a look at what those different lines look like in different countries.
Different Types Of Line Marking
There are different road line marking meanings for different lines based on their colour, shape, and thickness.
- North and South America- The most common are solid and intermittent yellow lines to specify the traffic directions. However, there may be different combinations of white and yellow lines to separate the traffic flow. Line marking sould be used according to the traffic regulation of the respective country.
- Canada- The yellow line marking separates traffic moving in opposite directions, and the white lines separate traffic moving in the same direction. The white line appears on the right shoulder, and the yellow line appears on the left shoulder, on the one-directional roads.
- United States – Dashed line marking denote the passing rule in the US. Orange painted lines were temporarily used for construction projects. Broken lines that are wider and closer are seen as continuity lines and denote the end of the lane. In general, the single broken lines suggest that lane changing. The solid white helps the cars to stay in their lane during foggy conditions and these lines are also known as the ‘fog line.’ Pavement line-markings designate regular and handicapped parking spaces.
- Hong Kong – The road line markings in Hong Kong are similar to the United Kingdom. The shorter dashed white lines indicate lanes in the same direction, while the longer dashed white lines indicate lanes of opposing traffic. Solid double white lines indicate not allowed to change lanes, and a solid white line with a broken white line indicates that it is allowed to cross the line. Pedestrians need to follow these lines to cross the road.
- Japan – The while line markings are used to separate the traffic in the same direction. A buffered area with a crosshatch pattern means has left-side driving. A yellow line serves as a physical barrier between two-lane expressways. Yellow indicates no passing, while white is used to allow passing. Solid yellow beside solid white means no entry, and people can cross the road through a solid yellow beside broken white lines.
- Norway- The white line markings are used to separate traffic moving in the same direction, while the yellow markings separate traffic moving in the opposite direction. There is no centreline on roads narrower than 6 m. If you see short, broken lines, it means that passing is allowed but can be dangerous.
- Russia- In Russia, there is a more common use of yellow lines instead of white lines to control the traffic flows. Broken yellow lines mean no parking, while a solid yellow line means no stopping. During road construction, one can often see orange lines in Russia, which have a priority over permanent line markings.
- Australia- The white lines separate traffic flowing in the same direction and opposite directions. One cannot cross if they see double solid white centre-lines. Dashed lines mean overtaking, changing lanes, or turning is allowed. Yellow lines along road edges indicate “No Standing” areas. The solid white line markings are used for the pedestrian and bicycle lanes.
Although different countries use different line markings in a different colour, they serve the same purpose, to guide the traffic flow on the roads.