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Double white lines road rules

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A double solid white line separates two lanes of traffic going in the same direction. Crossing a double solid line is prohibited.

Double white lines in driving test

In driving test you could be failed by not following the rules for double white lines. You can also get points or could get fine on your full or provisional driving licence.

Crossing double solid white lines

1:) Do not cross double white lines
Do not cross double white lines It is illegal to cross a continuous solid white line if the solid line is on your side of the road, except under certain conditions.
You are permitted to straddle or cross a continuous solid white line.
  • to enter a side road or property
  • to manoeuvre round a stationary vehicle blocking your side of the road
  • to overtake a cyclists, horse or a road works vehicle moving at 10 mph (16 km/h) or less
Crossing double white lines where the line closest to you is solid is illegal outside of the circumstances described above.

Crossing double white lines fine

Penalty points crossing double white lines are 3. Under traffic code TS20 with offence Failing to comply with double white lines.
This code stays in your driving record for 4 years from the date of the offence.

Types of Solid white lines

  • Both sides solid double white lines
  • Solid white lines on both sides means traffic in either lane must not cross lines except for the above circumstances.

    Both sides solid double white lines


  • Your side solid double white lines
  • Solid white line on your side of the road means you must not cross the line except for the above circumstances. Vehicles in the opposite lane may cross the line.

    Your side solid double white lines


  • Your side broken double white lines
  • This means you may cross the lines to overtake if it is safe, provided you can complete the manoeuvre before reaching a solid white line on your side. White direction arrows on the road indicate that you need to get back onto your side of the road.

    Your side solid double white lines


  • Hatched Marking Your side solid double white lines
  • Some double continuous white lines have narrow areas of hatched lines within them or a wider area of hatching to the side. You must not cross a continuous white line to enter a hatched area.

    Hatched Marking Your side solid double white lines


  • Hatched Marking both sides solid double white lines
  • Hatched area to increase distance from lanes surrounded by solid double white lines. Traffic either side must not cross into hatched area.

    Hatched Marking both sides solid double white lines


  • Arrow Marking before double white lines in middle of road
  • This arrow indicates that you must move to, or stay on the left hand side because there is a solid line ahead. Never start an overtaking manoeuvre where you see these arrows.

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