Box clever: a Highway Code reminder for Bute drivers

The yellow box junction at the meeting of Albert Place, Victoria Street, High Street and Rothesay pier has received a much-needed repaint.
The yellow box junction at the meeting of Albert Place, Victoria Street, High Street and Rothesay pier has received a much-needed repaint.

The white lines and yellow boxes marking the busiest junction in Rothesay received a much-needed repaint earlier this month - but it appears not every driver on the island knows what they mean.

Bute Community Council member Mike Blair - whose concerns about the faded old markings, and the risk of an accident, at the junction of Albert Place, Victoria Street, High Street and Rothesay pier were reported in The Buteman earlier this summer - told the organisation’s September meeting this week that the newly-painted lines and boxes were not enough in themselves to reduce the risk of accidents.

“A lot of local drivers don’t seem to know how to use the box juntion,” he said. “Is there any way the police can monitor CCTV cameras to educate people how to use them?”

Here, though, we are happy to help, by pointing motorists towards Rule 174 of the Highway Code, which deals with yellow box junctions and which says: “You MUST NOT enter the box until your exit road or lane is clear.

“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.”

So don’t say you haven’t been advised...