Road markings in South Africa
K53 road markings are split into the following categories:
- Regulatory road markings
- Longitudinal regulatory road markings
- Exclusive parking bay symbols
- Road guidance markings
- Road warning markings
Regulatory k53 road markings
You must bring your vehicle to a complete stop just before the line.
When you see this road marking you must give right of way to all vehicles that cross in front of you. This line has the same meaning as the yield sign.
The yellow dotted line indicates that this lane is reserved for buses only.
Pedestrian crossing ahead
Be cautious as you approach this area and stop if there are pedestrians crossing or are about to cross the road.
Put simply, you may not stop in the yellow area.
Longitudinal regulatory road markings
Left & right edge line
You may not drive inside the right or left edge line unless it is an emergency lane (yellow line) and you have an emergency.
You may only drive in this area if instructed to by a police officer, in an emergency or to avoid a potentially dangerous situation.
Pedestrian crossing line
When approaching a pedestrian crossing you may not stop in this area except for pedestrians already crossing here or wanting to cross here.
Mandatory direction arrows
When you approach these arrows you may not stop in the yellow area and you must travel in the direction of the arrow.
Exclusive parking bay markings
Only official emergency ambulance vehicles may park in the specified parking zone as indicated by the symbol.
When you see this symbol in a parking bay it indicates that only buses may park in the specified parking zone.
This unique symbol indicates that only official diplomatic vehicles may park in this parking area.
You guessed it! Only minibuses may park in this parking area.
Road guidance markings
Bicycle crossing lines
When you see this marking on the road be cautious of cyclists crossing the road. Treat this area the same as a pedestrian crossing.
These arrows indicate that there is going to be an increase in the number of lanes ahead.
You will come across these lines (represented by the dotted lines) at major intersections. They will assist in guiding you along the correct route at those intersections.
Road Warning Markers
Speed bump marker
You may want to slow down when you see this marker as you will be travelling over a speed bump.
Arrestor bed ahead
These road markings are to signal to drivers of heavy goods vehicles that there is an arrestor bed available. Arrestor beds are emergency stops for heavy goods vehicles.
Railway crossing ahead
This big white ‘x’ on the road surface is there to indicate to you to take caution as you are approaching a railway crossing.
Yield control ahead
The triangle illustrated here as the same meaning as a yield sign. when you see this marking you must slow down and make way for approaching traffic in front of you.
For more on k53 road markings practice the road markings and traffic signals test.