Male’ City Council began repainting pedestrian crossings and speed breakers in the capital city, on Sunday, to black and yellow.
Deputy Mayor of Male’, Shamaau Shareef, stated that white stripes currently on road markings are in violation of traffic regulations, which stipulate that road markings must be yellow.
Shamaau, said that special attention would be given to speed breakers and zebra crossings in the vicinity of schools which he assured would be repainted before the beginning of the 2019 academic year.
Despite changes elsewhere in the city, the stripes on zebra crosses and speed bumps on the ring road, which is connected to the Sinamale' Bridge, will remain white.
According to Shamaau, City Council will hold discussions with the Ministry of Transport and Civil Aviation, to decide on a colour which enhances visibility before repainting the markings on the ring road. The regulations do not specify a colour for tarred roads.
Although the stripes on pedestrian crossings and speed breakers were previously yellow, the colour was switched in 2016 during the presidency of Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayoom.
Ministry of Housing and Urban Development incurred considerably large costs to constantly maintain the white stripes which faded significantly easily.