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Highway code rules for driving near trams and tramways. 14/12/15

Trams and tramways may be not be as common in the UK as on the continent, but this perhaps is all the more reason to make yourself aware of how you should drive when in a city with an "in the road" tram system.

Inner city tramways have their own special road markings, signage and rules to enable both the trams and cars to coexist safely in our cities.

Here is a summary of the main rules given in the Highway code for safe driving in the presence of trams.

  • You MUST NOT enter a road, lane or other route reserved for trams

  • The width taken up by trams is often shown by tram lanes marked by white lines, yellow dots or by a different type of road surface

  • Take extra care where the track crosses from one side of the road to the other and where the road narrows and the tracks come close to the kerb

  • You MUST NOT park your vehicle where it would get in the way of trams or where it would force other drivers to do so

  • Where the tram stops at a platform, either in the middle or at the side of the road, you MUST follow the route shown by the road signs and markings

  • At stops without platforms you MUST NOT drive between a tram and the left-hand kerb when a tram has stopped to pick up passengers

  • Look out for pedestrians, especially children, running to catch a tram approaching a stop

  • Always give priority to trams, especially when they signal to pull away from stops, unless it would be unsafe to do so

  • All road users, but particularly cyclists and motorcyclists, should take extra care when driving or riding close to or crossing the tracks, especially if the rails are wet

  • Tramway overhead wires are normally 5.8 metres above any carriageway, but can be lower. You should ensure that you have sufficient clearance between the wire and your vehicle (including any load you are carrying) before driving under an overhead wire

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