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What do double white lines mean? 23/01/14


Unless you have recently passed your driving test, you may not remember the precise meaning of every road marking even though you consider yourself to be a competent driver.

Here is a reminder of the purpose of double white lines on the carriagway.


A double white line where the nearest line is solid

If there is a the double white line where the nearest line is solid, it means you MUST NOT cross or straddle it unless it is safe to do so and you need to enter adjoining premises or a side road.

You can cross the line only if the road is clear and to pass a stationary vehicle, overtake a pedal cycle, horse or road maintenance vehicle, if they are travelling at 10 mph (16 km/h) or less.


A double white line where the nearest line is broken

If there is a double white line where the nearest line is broken, this means you may cross over the lines to overtake if it is safe to do so, but only if you can complete the manoeuvre before reaching a solid white line on your side.

White direction arrows on the road surface indicate that you need to get back onto your side of the road.

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