Should Roads Be Colour-Coded?

Tuesday, 12 April 2005

While we were on the way to the LRT station on Monday morning, Han wondered aloud as to why roads haven't been made a different colour, instead of the usual dark gray. Why can't we have coloured road surfaces? Different areas could have different road colours. For instance, you could have yellow road surfaces in a school area, blue for industrial areas, green for residential areas, etc. It's a whole lot better than looking out for road signs (well, in Malaysia anyway). Colours are much easier to spot than words, and maybe giving directions would be less traumatic for people like me who can't remember street names (of course, colours aren't quite as effective if you're driving around in the dark).

Which brings us to another question: are colour-blind people allowed to drive on roads?

3 Comments

#1Gravatar imagekOtAk says:

wouldnt coloured roads be too blinding? heheh.. doesnt serve any purpose IF u r colour blind, IMHO. the govt probably saves money on non-coloured roads anyway. hahaha.

hmm.. someone, answer the “are colour-blind people allowed to drive on roads?” question! i wanna know too 🙂

#2Gravatar imagedan says:

i know of 5 colour-blind guys, all of whom have driving licenses. i think they all cheated for their tests though. one of them cant even tell the difference between the colours of the traffic lights!

as for coloured roads, there’s a red stretch of road at pusat bandar damansara. the purpose: to guide you to the correct lane after the traffic lights. the reason for this need: the correct lane happens to be on the right side of the road divider! (we drive on the left side in Malaysia.) brilliant city planners we have…

also, happy belated brithday michelle!

#3Gravatar imageLigeirim says:

Erm… I think colour-blind people can apply for licences… but only those who are not too chronic (there are different stages of colour-blindness) are allowed to I think. So Dan, your friends probably cheated… hehehe… but it’s not too hard to see which is green and red, after all, the lights are always in the same order, from top, Red, Yellow and Green! So if you see the bottom light light up, it means go, even if they’re all grey. Of course, contrast is another issue…

And I think the reason they’re grey, is because of the material used. It’s actually black (courtesy of the tar they use), but as time wears on, only the grey granite surfaces are left. Coloured roads would mean, coloured rock, or dyed tar, or painted. Either way, it would cost more, and you know our government better than that, right? They rather spend taxes on Putrajaya streetlamps than repairing the potholes on our roads.

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