“Traffic rules are must to know when driving on any roads, Mumbai is no option and listed traffic rules are must to be followed. But do you know rules and meaning of those white and yellow lines right in middle of the road and lanes ? No, than you are on right page. Let us know what are those dotted strips and single & double lines.”
Road Line Markings Meaning
White vs Yellow Lines : In Simple words, a WHITE line means a ‘Guideline’ to be followed by a driver & a ‘YELLOW’ line means ‘Restriction’ and should be followed strictly. Yellow lines are usually seen on hilly roads, Low visibility zone & mountain pass and are indicating a driver about more careful driving required.
White Broken Centre Line : Usually seen on a TWO WAY lane, White BROKEN centre line means you are allowed to overtake in that particular patch of road. Of cource, considering proper visibility & safety.
On a ONE WAY MULTI LANE road (Like Highways), It means that you are permitted to change the lane in the specific patch with White broken lines.
Also to note, There is no separate meaning of ‘Long Broken Lines’ & ‘Short broken Lines’. They are merely drawn considering the road location & speed, So that the visibility of lines are clear for the driver.
White Solid Centre Line : In simple words, you are not allowed to cross lanes (One way road) OR overtake (Two Way Road).
Dual White Solid Centre Lines : Level up on road safety, Two parallel solid lines in middle of road means, You are strictly not allowed to cross the lane and consider this lines as if they are a ‘Physical Divider’ which one cannot cross / jump over by the vehicle.
Usually one can see these kinds of Dual White Solid Lines in low visibility locations like Hilly areas & mountains (Ghats).
Combination of Solid & Dotted Lines : Rarely, Yet at many roads one can see this combination lines which are 2 parallel lines with one being SOLID & other DOTTED.
If a driver see a WHITE SOLID line on his side of the road (Right Side) means he is not allowed to overtake or cross lanes on that patch. While the driver on the opposite side of the lane can overtake / cross lanes.
Looks like a discrimination, But the safety experts have considered this purposely looking at the patch of the road.
For an example, If that portion of road is hilly / slope, A driver moving down the slope can easily overtake with the speed control, while the driver on THICK WHITE line side is heading towards a hill and might not able to. So, considering the road safety norms, The Solid and Dotted combination was introduced.
Yellow Box Junction : Also called ‘Checkered Yellow Patterns’ on road junctions. As of December 2021 & Upcoming year 2022, Mumbai traffic police have not introduced, But might be soon, So here is what that means.
In India, In around March 2017, Bengaluru / Bangalore city got its first Yellow Box Checkered Patterns introduced on few traffic junctions. Prime motive is ‘Safety of Pedestrians’ crossing roads at these junctions. Past Pedestrians accident records at such road junctions shows that the visibility of approaching vehicle while crossing gets too low due to another vehicle blocking the junction area.
So, targeting to keep junctions clear and visible, These checkers are drawn. The RULE applied for these Yellow Box Junction is “YOU CANNOT STOP ON THESE CHECKERS”, What that means is, Only start your vehicle and cross the junction from this Yellow boxes when you are sure of the other side (Exit) is clear.
Rumble Strips on the Road : These are physical strip lines in a group of 5 to 7 or more, which one finds majorly on Highways. Upon crossing those little bumpy strips, Drivers experience a little vibration in the car which are actually meant to give a little shake to driver and be in alert mode (In case little tired or sleepy etc.).
Usually rumble strips are installed at roads which the very next patch needs some alertness or attention, May a junction or some important curves to be noted. So, shake a little and keep safe is the motive of transport department of Mumbai and around India.