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Old February 22nd, 2007, 05:43 AM   #1
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White vs. Yellow central divider line

I am wondering what other countries besides N. America use yellow line that divides traffic moving in opposite direction? I know that in Europe only Finland and Norway paint central line in yellow colour. In Asia, it seems that Thailand and Indonesia both have yellow line as well. What about the rest of the world?



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Old February 22nd, 2007, 07:13 AM   #2
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Malaysia uses white colour and only uses yellow colour when there is a road construction.
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Old February 22nd, 2007, 07:33 AM   #3
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I'm pretty sure yellow is used in New Zealand.

Yellow is also used in (the very few) parts of Australia which receive snowfalls.
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Old February 22nd, 2007, 07:42 AM   #4
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In the Philippines, highways have yellow lines along urban/built up areas, but when you reach rural areas, they're often painted with white lines... while some roads, even if they are major roads, still use white lines...
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Old February 22nd, 2007, 08:16 AM   #5
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I'm pretty sure yellow is used in New Zealand.
In New Zealand, only a no-passing lane is painted in yellow. So, I think NZ still falls under the category of white central line.
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Old February 22nd, 2007, 11:23 AM   #6
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If I'm not mistaken, most, if not all, South American countries use yellow- at least the pictures I've seen would suggest that. Also, I believe South Africa uses yellow on the edge and not the center.
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Old February 22nd, 2007, 12:00 PM   #7
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In Greece, we use white lanes, yellow lanes are quite rare and i 've only see yellow lanes in mountain roads or in places with a lot of fogue, and yellow lanes also indicate that its forbidden to drive or park there.

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Old February 22nd, 2007, 12:21 PM   #8
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The Netherlands use white markings.

Yellow is only in temporary situations, with road works, or, in special cases, when a line is drawn on the pavement, it means no parking along this pavement.
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The Netherlands use white markings.

Yellow is only in temporary situations, with road works, or, in special cases, when a line is drawn on the pavement, it means no parking along this pavement.
Also in Greece yellow lanes can be found in in temporary situations, such as construction works.

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Old February 22nd, 2007, 01:36 PM   #10
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The Netherlands use white markings.

Yellow is only in temporary situations, with road works, or, in special cases, when a line is drawn on the pavement, it means no parking along this pavement.
Same as in Spain.
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Old February 22nd, 2007, 01:47 PM   #11
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In the Philippines, highways have yellow lines along urban/built up areas, but when you reach rural areas, they're often painted with white lines... while some roads, even if they are major roads, still use white lines...
it means there is no rule.
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Old February 22nd, 2007, 02:40 PM   #12
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Same as in Spain.
It's EU standard, so it's the same within the EU (I still don't know how Sweden can use yellow traffic signs - in Croatia we had to change them to white bc of the EU)
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Old February 22nd, 2007, 02:59 PM   #13
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It's EU standard, so it's the same within the EU (I still don't know how Sweden can use yellow traffic signs - in Croatia we had to change them to white bc of the EU)
Aren't a lot of traffic signs in Finland also yellow?
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Old February 22nd, 2007, 07:43 PM   #14
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Aren't a lot of traffic signs in Finland also yellow?
I think they are. (The background is not white, but yellow)
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A finnish road:
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Old February 23rd, 2007, 12:32 AM   #16
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In Israel, a yellow line is used to mark the outer edges of the road and is
mandatory on all roads without a curb (so all non-urban roads). It is actually
very good, because in other countries often the edge is not clearly marked
and it is dangerous at night.

Here are a few examples:




Double dashed yellow lines are used to mark public transportation lanes:


And lastly, red lines are temporary lines in construction zones.
However, I also like the North American system, because I think it is convenient
to have a different colour for separate directions. A third colour perhaps?
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Old February 23rd, 2007, 08:12 AM   #17
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It's EU standard, so it's the same within the EU (I still don't know how Sweden can use yellow traffic signs - in Croatia we had to change them to white bc of the EU)
Traffic signs with yellow background are perfectly legal as defined in the Vienna Convention from 1968. I personally don't like them, but I understand why they make sense in the countries that have heavy snowfalls in winter.
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Old February 24th, 2007, 12:36 PM   #18
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in Italy sometimes appear yellow lines even without special situations. check out the picture


Croatia (and all former Yugoslav countries) had yellow edge lines on motorways and statal roads, but in last few years it has been changed and there are no more yellow lines (except in special situations). interesting thing: while we had yellow edge lines, special situations had been signed with red lines

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Old February 24th, 2007, 08:51 PM   #19
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BRAZIL follows United States pattern, with yellow lines dividing opposite directions. But the continuous yellow line at left in duplicated roads are quite rare. White is common in this case (sorry, my english is not very good...).
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Croatia (and all former Yugoslav countries) had yellow edge lines on motorways and statal roads, but in last few years it has been changed and there are no more yellow lines (except in special situations). interesting thing: while we had yellow edge lines, special situations had been signed with red lines
Interesting, the second pic is similar to Israel, but in Israel the yellow line appears only
at the absolute edge, so on a highway like the one you posted, the line separating
the carriageways would be white, whereas the far right line would be yellow.
If you encounter a road marked like the one in your second picture, drivers
would assume they can only travel on the rightmost lane
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