Traffic Signs

Regulatory Road Markings

Regulatory road markings

Name: Stop line (RTM1)
Where: On any road especially at intersections and pedestrian crossings.
Purpose: To indicate where you must bring your vehicle to a standstill.
Action: Stop with the front of your vehicle behind the stop sign. If there is no stop sign, the stop line will have the same meaning as a stop sign.

Name: Yield line (RTM2)
Where: On any road especially at intersections.
Purpose: To indicate that you must give priority to all who cross in front of you at this point.
Action: Give way to any one who crosses your path of travel or who wants to cross your path. Even if there is no yield sign, you still have to give way.

Name: Pedestrian crossing lines (RTM3), Block pedestrian crossing (RTM4)
Where: On any road especially in urban areas at intersections and close to schools.
Purpose: To inform you that priority must be given to pedestrians crossing or wanting to cross the road at these places.
Action: Look out for any pedestrians crossing or wanting to cross the road and give them priority by slowing down or stopping.

Name: No overtaking lines (RM1)(7.3.1)(7.3.2)(7.3.3)
Where: On any road that carries two-way traffic (traffic from opposite directions).
Purpose: To inform that it is prohibited to drive with any part of your vehicle on the right-hand side of this line.
Action: Do not cross the line, except to gain direct access to an entrance on the other side of the line, to gain direct access from such an entrance to the road or to pass a stationary obstruction. In all these cases you must ensure that it is safe to do so.

Name: No crossing Lines (RM2)
Where: On any road with two-way traffic.
Purpose: To inform you that you may not cross this line.
Action: You may under no circumstances drive on the right hand side or cross these lines with any part of your vehicle, except to drive around a stationary vehicle or stationary obstruction in the road.

Name: Channelizing line (RM3)
Where: On carriageways and at intersections where traffic moves in the same direction.
Purpose: To prohibit you from crossing the line.
Action: Drive in such a way that no part of your vehicle crosses the line.

Name: Left-edge (RM4.1) and right-edge line marking (RM4.2)
Where: On the left and right-hand edge of the road.
Purpose: To indicate where the left or right-edge of the road is.
Action: Avoid driving to the left of the left-edge line. You may, however drive here only;
  • whilst being overtaken by another vehicle,
  • if you can so without endangering yourself, other traffic, pedestrians or property,
  • during daytime and
  • if persons and vehicles on the road are clearly discernible at a distance of at least 150 metres.
  • It is not compulsory to drive to the left of the line when you are being overtaken, keep in mind that you have very little space when doing so.
  • If your vehicle breaks down, stop as far left from the line as possible and switch on your emergency lights.
  • The right-edge line is usually found on one-way roads such as dual carriageways or freeways and may not be crossed.

Name: Painted island (RM5)
Where: On any road.
Purpose: To prohibit drivers from driving in this area.
Action: Drive in such a way that you do not stop, park or drive over the island, unless on the orders of a traffic or police officer, to avoid a collision or in an emergency.

Name: Parking bay (RM6)
Where: On any road especially in urban areas.
Purpose: To indicate where you may park.
Action: Make sure that your vehicle is parked completely inside the lines that mark the parking bay.
In the case of angle parking you must park as far as possible from the road, with the front of your vehicle not further than 150mm from the kerb but no part of the vehicle may be on or over the sidewalk.

Name: Exclusive parking bay (RM7)
  • A - AMBULANCE
  • B - BUS
  • L - LOADING ZONE
  • T - TAXI
  • F - FIRE-FIGHTING
  • R - RICKSHAW
  • CD - DIPLOMATIC
  • MB - MINIBUS
  • SOS - SOS PHONE
  • D - DEFENCE FORCE
  • P - SOUTH AFRICAN POLICE SERVICE
Where: At parking bays.
Purpose: To identify parking only for road users identified by the symbol.
Action: If you are not part of the group identified by the sign, you may not park here.
In an emergency you may stop or park at the sign that indicates the SOS telephone.
Only goods vehicles may stop or park in the demarcated are that indicates a loading zone.

Name: Mandatory direction arrows (RM8)
Where: On any road before an intersection
Purpose: To show that you may only proceed in the direction indicated by the arrow in your lane.
Action: Choose the correct lane in time to travel in the direction you want to go.
  • Make sure that other traffic is obeying the mandatory direction arrows in their lanes.
  • Check your blind spot before turning right to see that a vehicle in the lane next to you who is suppose to turn right (because of the mandatory right-turn arrow in his lane) is not carrying straight on.

Name: Bus lane marking (RM9)
Where: On the left or right-hand side of a road in an urban area.
Purpose: To identify that part of the carriageway which is reserved for buses only during the periods indicated on the sign.
Action: If you are not driving a bus do not drive in the lane indicated by the sign during the times on the sign.

Name: Box junction (RM10)
Where: At intersections.
Purpose: To prohibit drivers from stopping in the demarcated area because this could prevent other traffic from turning or driving further forward.
Action: Do not stop in the demarcated box and make sure that you will be able to drive through the intersection before entering the intersection.

Name: Pedestrian crossing ahead lines (RM11)
Where: On any road before a pedestrian crossing.
Purpose: To indicate an area where you may not stop except for pedestrians crossing or wanting to cross the road or for a vehicle that has already stopped.
Action: Look out for pedestrians that may cross the road, slow down and stop if someone wants to cross the road. Do not overtake inside this area or a vehicle that has stopped at any pedestrian crossing.

Name: No stopping lines (RM12)
Where: On any road.
Purpose: To prohibit drivers from stopping where stationary vehicles may disrupt the traffic or where the environment obstructs the view and such vehicles may obstruct the view more.
Action: Except in any emergency, do not stop at these lines.
In the case of a broken line, you may not stop during the times indicated by a road traffic sign.

Name: No parking line (RM13)
Where: On any road.
Purpose: To prevent drivers from stopping where stationary vehicles may disrupt the traffic, or where the environment obstructs the view and such vehicles obstruct the view more.
Action: Exception an emergency, you may stop for short periods, but may not park here.
Parking means that a vehicle is stationary (whether the engine is running or not ) for a longer period than is longer than that needed to on or off load goods or passengers.

Name: Bicycle lane lines (RM14)
Where: On the left-hand side of any road.
Purpose: To indicate the limits within which only cyclists may travel.
Action: Do no drive in the demarcated area.

Name: Traffic circle mandatory directional arrows (RM15)
Where: At traffic circles and mini-circles.
Purpose: To indicate the direction you must follow around the circle or mini-circle.
Action: Only drive around the circle in the direction indicated by the arrows.
Yield to traffic coming from your right hand side.
At a mini-circle yield to traffic that reaches their yield line first
before you reach yours. Drive slowly so that you can stop if someone does not yield.

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