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Traffic Rules and Guidelines

At the beginning when the number of vehicle was very low on the roads of our country there were no serious needs for traffic rules and regulations. But as and when mass production of vehicles begun and the roads flooded with different kind and class of vehicles the Government felt the need for a system to control the vehicular traffic. In the year 1914 the first legislation as "Indian Motor Vehicle Act 1914" was passed in our country to regulate the motor vehicles and as well as other road users. Since then the traffic pressure on the roads of our country multiply several times and at the same time to control the unprecedented growth in the number of motor vehicles, the first Motor Vehicle Act 1914 which was in later years known as "The motor Vehicle Act 1988" was amended and revised several times by the Government of India. Traffic rules and regulations are devised to assure the smooth flowing of motor vehicles in the road. Moreover, traffic rules and regulation are not only for the driver of the vehicles but at the same times these rules are meant for the pedestrians, cyclist, motor-cyclist and other road users. The thorough knowledge of traffic rules/regulations, traffic signs and markings are very essential for the drivers and road users. The proper knowledge of these rules can reduce the number of accident and thus can establish a healthy and organized traffic system in our country.

Traffic light Signals

The traffic lights at the road intersections are very important device for the pedestrians and driver's .It controls the traffic very effectively. We should follow these signals at all time.

ARED light means that you must come to a full stop behind the stop line. Remember, the crossing of stop line is an offence. You have to remain there until the light turns green.

The AMBER color light means CAUTION. When the amber light turns on it gives you a signal to be ready for the go.

AGREEN light means GO through the intersection carefully and slowly.

Aflashing RED light means you must come to a full stop and may proceed only when the road is safe and clear.

Drivers Hand Signals

Though, today's motor vehicles has inbuilt indicators for showing the direction in which you want to go, driver like to use his hand to give a signal to other road users. By using your hand signals you can tell the other drivers and the road users more effectively about your intentions like slow down, turn and allowing of overtaking.

Signal for left turn.

Signal for right turn.

Signal for stopping.

Signal for slowing down.

Signal for allowing overtaking.

Road Markings

Road markings or lines on the road indicate a number of meanings to the drivers. The road markings are white and yellow color and each type of markings or line has a special meaning. Disobey the meanings of these markings is an offence and for this act you may be prosecuted by the traffic police. Therefore, the basic knowledge of these road markings is essential for all the road users.

Road markings across the road

This is called a STOP LINE. Stop Line painted before the edge of the road intersection and it meant whenever the traffic is expected to stop, you should have to stop your vehicle just before the stop line. The jumping or crossing of the stop line is an offence.

The alternate black and white lines painted across the road are called zebra-crossing or PEDESTRIAN CROSSING. This is the place through which pedestrians used to cross the road. Be careful and stop your vehicle before such pedestrian crossing whenever necessary.

These parallel broken white lines are called GIVE WAY LINE and it meant that you have to give way to oncoming traffic on major road ahead of you.

Road Markings along the road

This continuous white line is called BARRIER LINE. It indicates that driver should not overtake in this area.

These broken white lines separate a road in to a two lane road. These lines generally used as centre line in two-way roads. It is very essential for traffic safety.

These broken white lines are called lane separators. It is used as lane markings in a road on same direction.

This type of continuous parallel two white lines means that driver is not permitted to overtaking.

Acontinuous yellow color line at the edge of road indicates that no vehicle will be allowed to park on the side of the road.

Abroken white line if changing in to a solid continuous white line it indicates that no lane changing will allow till the continuous white line becomes a broken line again.

Hand Signals of Traffic Police

To stop vehicles coming from front side.
To stop vehicles coming from behind.
To allow vehicles coming from the right side.
To allow vehicles coming from the left
To stop vehicles approaching simultaneously from behind and front side.
To stop vehicles approaching form right and left side.
To Give VIP Salute
Warning signal of closing all traffic.
To start vehicles on T-point

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