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XI. Road markings

Chapter 1: Regulation

Longitudinal marks

The white line continues ( 3rd degree offense )

  • Any driver is prohibited from crossing it .
  • It is prohibited to drive to the left of the solid white line when it separates two directions of traffic.
  • You cannot overtake, change lanes, make a U-turn or turn left when crossing it.

The broken white line

Any driver is prohibited from crossing it except to overtake, make a U-turn, change lanes or turn left. 

When the broken lines are shorter and closer together they announce a continuous line.

Juxtaposed lines

A solid white line next to a broken white line take into account the line on your side.

The driver who has crossed the broken line to overtake may cross the solid white line to pull back.

The orange line ( 3rd degree offense )

Temporary markings in the event of work, continuous or discontinuous orange line

Makes the white line continuous or broken with no effect.

The bus strip

Traffic lane demarcated by wide discontinuous lines with the word BUS, always accompanied by an F17 indication sign.

Traffic reserved for public transport vehicles and vehicles whose symbols are reproduced on the road surface.

Obligation to travel there before turning 10 meters before the intersection.

The special passable site

Large continuous white line, always accompanied by an F18 indication sign.

Traffic reserved for public transport vehicles  and vehicles whose symbols are reproduced on the road surface.

It can only be crossed to go around a fixed obstacle , cross a roadway , access or leave a parking space, access private property and to change direction at an intersection.

The “rush hour” strip

Traffic lane delimited by long, closely spaced discontinuous lines. It is open to traffic with an arrow-shaped light signal and closed with a red cross placed above the strip.

The actual edge of the roadway

Continuous white line which traces the actual edge of the roadway , the edge of a sidewalk or protruding shoulder to make them more apparent.

No prohibition accompanies this marking.

Le bord réel en jaune discontinu

Large ligne jaune discontinue tracée sur le bord réel de la chaussée, la bordure d’un trottoir ou d’un accotement en saillie le long de laquelle le stationnement est interdit.


The fictitious edge of the road

Wide, continuous white line drawn to mark the fictitious edge of the roadway.


Part of the public road reserved for the circulation of class A bicycles and two-wheeled mopeds.

The cycle path is not part of the roadway .

You cannot drive, stop or park there.

Transverse marks

Ligne d’arrêt

Indique l’endroit où les conducteurs doivent s’immobiliser au STOP ou au feu rouge ou orange fixe.

Triangle on tip

Indicates the place where drivers must, if necessary, stop to give way under a “Triangle on point B1” signal.


Zone reserved for pedestrian crossing , protected zone over which the pedestrian about to cross or already engaged has priority.

Passage for 2 wheels

Crossings for drivers of two-wheeled bicycles and mopeds are made up of white squares or parallelograms.

Bus stop

Area provided for boarding and disembarking users of public transport vehicles.

Parking is prohibited

Part of the roadway, we must travel on it when it is in our path.

Directional island

Obligation to go around to the right

Prohibition of driving stopping and parking

Avoidance zone

Prohibition of driving stopping and parking

Checkerboard on special passable site

Stopping and parking prohibited

Take into account the congestion before embarking on it, never block or hinder the movement of vehicles on the rails.

Advanced area for cyclists and 2-wheel moped drivers

Indicates where to  stop while the light is red.

Other drivers must stop in front of the first stop line.

Selection arrows

When approaching an intersection, to allow drivers to choose the lane that corresponds to their destination.

Drivers must follow the direction indicated by the arrow .

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Chapitre 1: La réglementation