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What is a Zebra crossing?

Find out what a Zebra crossing is and how to use one

There may not usually be a sign when a Zebra crossing is coming up, but they are easily identifiable thanks to black and white stripes painted across the road.

Zebra crossings also feature yellow globe-like lamps on striped poles at either side, called Belisha beacons.

How to use a Zebra crossing

Pedestrians

Even though pedestrians have the legal right of way on a Zebra crossing, it’s important to never just assume that a vehicle will let you cross. Take care and wait for traffic to stop before stepping on to the crossing.

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Drivers

A Zebra crossing is the only type where pedestrians automatically have the right of way without the need for traffic lights. If someone is waiting to cross or is already walking on the crossing, the Highway Code states that all drivers must stop and give way.

Zig-zag markings are also used to mark the immediate area around the crossing, and parking on these lines is prohibited in order to prevent any dangerous obstructions.

Pedestrian crossings explained

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