Pavement Line Markings: What Are They and Why Do You Need Them?

Lines, marking, and symbols on commercial parking lots, streets, and highways are one of the most effective ways to communicate with motorists and cyclists. Parking lot line painting provides drivers in major cities like Toronto with the rules of the road, lane boundaries, turning guides, handicapped parking, where you can stop, and emergency zones. Crosswalk zones also show pedestrians where they can safely walk.

Why Do You Need Asphalt Line Markings?

Parking lot lines that have faded or are not easy to understand can result in accidents, blocked entryways, and fines. As the property owner, it is your responsibility to ensure that all fire safety codes are followed and that emergency zones are clearly marked. If parking lot striping is not up to code or you receive a complaint about a lack of handicapped parking, you could be hit with a major fine.

Common Pavement Markings

 White Lines

White lines separate traffic that is going in the same direction.

Yellow Lines

Yellow lines separate traffic travelling in opposite directions. If the yellow line to your left is solid, it means you cannot pass vehicles in your lane. If the yellow line is broken, it means you can pass vehicles in your lane. If it is a double yellow line, it means it is not safe to pass for traffic moving in either direction.

Stop Lines

Not all parking lots have stop signs, but they do have stop lines. Stop lines are a big, single white line that shows where you need to stop. When you approach a stop line, you need to stop before approaching the line or crosswalk.


Crosswalks show drivers where they need to yield or stop to pedestrians who are in or about to enter a crosswalk. 

Pedestrian Crossover Lines

Most people are familiar with crosswalk line painting. Pedestrian crossover lines are a little different. They are more often than not found on roads where there is no intersection. Pedestrian crossovers allow pedestrians to walk across the road safely without jaywalking. A pedestrian crossover is marked by two white, double parallel lines.


Lines may be the most common form of parking lot markings, but symbols are also important for directing traffic and keeping order. Popular parking lot line painting symbols are the handicap symbol, bike lane symbols, fire zone, no parking, directional lines, etc.

Contact Ivy Property Services Inc. for All Your Parking Lot Line Painting Needs

No parking lot is complete without professional line painting. If you’re looking for expert parking lot line painting and repainting services in Toronto, schedule a consultation with Ivy Property Services Inc and get a free quote.

At Ivy Property Services, we have decades of experience with residential and commercial asphalt paving, asphalt crack sealing, asphalt sealcoating, parking lot resurfacing, line repair, snow removal, asphalt speed bumps, concrete curb and sidewalk repairs, excavation and grading, culvert replacement, and more.

With fast turnaround times, exceptional customer service, and affordable estimates, let Ivy Property Services Inc. be your first choice for commercial asphalt paving, line painting, and snow removal.

If you’re interested in parking lot or road line marking services, call Ivy Property Services today and get a free quote and consultation. Contact us at (416) 818-0970. We are always available at and are ready to respond to all client inquiries.