Road Surface Marking

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Road Surface Marking

Road surface marking is a kind of device or material that is used on a road surface in order to convey official instruction. Road Surface Marking can also be applied in other facilities used by vehicles to mark spaces.

Road surface marking is used on paved roadways to provide environmental instruction to drivers and pedestrians. Uniformity of the markings is an important factor. Countries and areas categorize and specify road surface markings in different ways.


Samples of Road Surface Marking

The Keep Clear Marking

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Default UK sizes for KEEP CLEAR markings
This advisory marking is used mainly in urban areas where a queue of vehicles waiting at one junction blocks back across another, thereby obstructing the flow of cross traffic. It may also be used at a private entrance used by the general public, but only in places where it can genuinely be helpful in maintaining smooth traffic flow. It is not intended to keep areas of carriageway outside premises clear of parked vehicles.

The Regulations prescribe transverse lines to indicate the extent of the area to be kept clear of queuing vehicles where this is not obvious. They may be omitted if considered unnecessary, or if proximity to other markings or to traffic signals might cause confusion. Lines longer than prescribed must not be used; this can give the impression to side road traffic that vehicles on the main road are required to stop.

New Markings


Where two or more closely spaced driveways are to be protected, it will be necessary to consider the distance between the markings to ensure it will accommodate at least one vehicle. An excessively long marking, or over-provision of markings will bring them into disrepute and compromise their effectiveness. The marking should not extend more than 1m either side of the dropped kerb.