ASK RACQ: What do red-shaded road markings mean?

We were recently contacted by a member who asked: “What do the red-shaded markings at intersections signify?”

ANSWER: These red markings are used to designate residential-type streets which typically have lower speed limits. They are usually found at the turn from a major road into a minor, local road.

Often they are accompanied by ‘Local Traffic Only’ signs to discourage drivers from using the streets as through routes (or rat runs).

It is important to note these red markings don’t change give-way rules and drivers must give way to pedestrians crossing the road the driver is entering.

The markings can also be seen on speed humps on local roads to control vehicle speeds and further discourage rat-running.