British Road Marking Survey To Take Place in July and August

6000 miles of Britain’s roads will be assessed by the Road Safety Markings Association (RSMA) for reflectivity during the summer months.

The assessment survey is being carried out to understand the true condition of road markings in the country at a time when Government spending is continuing to reduce and accident rates are increasing.

The RSMA is particularly concerned by cash-strapped local authorities switching off street lighting and motorway lighting to reduce spending, increasing the dependability of drivers on the quality of road markings, many of which are believed to be below standard.

What are the standards in the UK for road markings? The industry standard retro-reflectivity level is 150 millicandelas (mcd). The UK’s Highways Agency recommends scheduling replacement for white lines that fall below 100mcd with immediate replacement recommended for lines that fall below 80mcd.

Wet weather and damp road surfaces as well as street lighting configurations all interfere with the ability to see road markings adequately and the lower the retro-reflectivity, the less chance motorists have of seeing the road markings, which are a vital aspect of driver orientation, navigation and hazard awareness.

The RSMA has chosen the route of its survey to encompass a mixture of A roads and motorways in Scotland, England and Wales including the Road Safety Foundation’s inventory of the 10 most dangerous roads in the country.

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