New Highway Code Launched By Government: The new highway traffic code adopts the SADC signs and signals to replace the one most Zimbabweans have known since the early 70s. Everyone in Zimbabwe is expected to know and follow the rules of the new highway code as of April 6, 2017 when it was launched.
The SADC region adopted these harmonized road signs and signals in an effort to reduce road carnage in line with the United Nations Targets.
We noted a new ‘Yellow Box Junction’ at the intersection of Julius Nyerere Way, Samora Machel Avenue and Central Avenue in Harare’s CBD. After spending a few minutes observing traffic going through the intersection it became obvious that a lot of road users (motorists, cyclists, pedestrians) are not familiar with how box junctions work and much public awareness campaigns in addition to the new highway code may be needed to properly inform and educate the public on the new signs and signals in order to more effectively reduce potential carnage as a result of ignorance.
The Newly Introduced Box Junction
A box junction is a road traffic control measure designed to prevent congestion and gridlock at junctions. The surface of the junction is typically marked with a criss-cross grid of diagonal painted lines (or only two lines crossing each other in the box), and vehicles may not enter the area so marked unless their exit from the junction is clear (or, if turning, to await a gap in the oncoming traffic flow).
Can you sit in a junction box when turning right?
You MUST NOT enter the box until your exit road or lane is clear and there is enough space on the other side of the junction for your vehicle to clear the box without stopping. However, you may enter the box and wait when you want to turn right, and are only stopped from doing so by oncoming traffic, or by other vehicles waiting to turn right.
We urge all motorists, cyclists and pedestrians to acquaint themselves with the new highway code immediately and enjoy a safe Easter Holiday period. Remember to get your vehicle checked by a mechanic before you travel this Easter season.
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