The Highway Code

Zebra crossings. Give traffic plenty of time to see you and to stop before you start to cross. Vehicles will need more time when the road is slippery. Wait until traffic has stopped from both directions or the road is clear before crossing. Remember that traffic does not have to stop until someone has moved onto the crossing. Keep looking both ways, and listening, in case a driver or rider has not seen you and attempts to overtake a vehicle that has stopped.

zebra controlled area”, in relation to a zebra crossing, means the area of the road in the vicinity of the crossing and lying on both sides of the crossing or only one side of the crossing, being an area the presence and limits of which are as shown in the diagrams in Part II of the Schedule, but there may be variation in the exact curvature or pattern of the zig-zag lines to suit the layout of or the character of the road so long as the general indication of the lines is not materially impaired,

“zebra crossing” means a pedestrian crossing, the limits of which are indicated by alternate black and white stripes of between 550 millimetres and 650 millimetres or otherwise in width and of not less than 2.5 metres or otherwise in length parallel to the side of the road, the presence and limits of which are as shown in the diagrams in Part II of the Schedule.




The Directorate of Road Traffic and Safety Services (DRTSS) is a regulatory arm under the Ministry of Transport and Public Works. DRTSS is responsible for the regulation of the road transport industry through traffic law enforcement, development of polices, standards and practices; and provide civic education on road safety to all road users in order to ensure well-coordinated, efficient, reliable, sustainable and safe national road transport system.

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The Director,

Directorate of Road Traffic & Safety Services,

  P/Bag 257 Lilongwe

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