Line Marking and Colours: What Do They Mean?

Line Marking and Colours: What Do They Mean?

In any functioning car park, there’ll be a number of different coloured lines.

It’s imperative that you know exactly what each colour represents before you have the lines marked in your car park.

This is because your customers will have expectations when it comes to each colour, and each colour carries a different message.


White lines are the bread and butter of line marking, and the majority of lines will be white.

For instance, almost all of your parking spaces will be marked in white paint. Lanes will be marked in white, as well as directional arrows, some pedestrian lanes and crossings.

Furthermore, lettering for messages will often be in white too. That may be ‘slow’ alerts, or ‘entrance’ or ‘exit’.


Blue is rarer than white, and often used for special areas.

For instance, handicapped parking spaces, bin areas or occasionally motorcycle parking spaces. It’s an eye catching colour, but doesn’t carry the harshness of yellow or red.


Yellow is best used for softer alerts.

In order to catch the eye of drivers or pedestrians, yellow is useful. Loading zones, speed humps and sometimes pedestrian thoroughfares are marked out in yellow.

Furthermore, yellow may be used to caution pedestrians against incoming and outgoing vehicles, or drivers against no parking zones.


Red is naturally an eye grabbing colour, so should be used to convey the most important messages to drivers and pedestrians in your car park.

When marking lines, red is usually used to signify no-go zones, danger, parking restrictions or sometimes pedestrian paths.

To discuss your line marking needs, get in touch with Sydney Sweep and Scrub here.

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