Uk Road Lines

In the UK, there are many roadway lines that drivers need to pay attention to while traveling in their cars:

Broken white centre line: this dashed line down the centre of the carriageway divides traffic traveling in opposite directions. The dashes and the gaps between them are roughly the same size.

Broken white hazard warning line (centre): this dashed line warns drivers of an upcoming hazard such as the approach to a junction or a bend in the road. The dashes are longer than the ones used for the centre line and the gaps are much smaller between them.

Broken white lane line: this dashed line divides the lanes of traffic traveling in the same direction. The dashes are shorter and the gaps between them are longer than the centre line.

Drivers should not cross a broken white line unless they can see the road is clear. The main reason for motorists to cross over road white lines would be to overtake another vehicle or to turn off the road.


Double solid white lines: these lines are not to be crossed unless the driver is turning into a side road or property. They can also be crossed if the driver is trying to pass around a cyclist, horseback rider, or road work vehicle.

Single solid white line: this line is painted on the left sides of the carriageway. They usually exist on private driveways and lay-bys.

Double solid yellow lines: these lines show drivers where there is absolutely no waiting at any time.

Single solid yellow line: this line shows drivers that there are part-time parking restrictions enforced in the area.

Double and single red lines: these lines show drivers that there are stopping, loading, and parking restrictions enforced in the area.

Yellow zig-zagged lines: these lines are generally used to mark police and fire stations, schools, and hospitals. Generally speaking, there is no parking in these areas.

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