Quick Answer: What Is The Law On Bus Lanes?

What distance are you allowed to drive in a bus lane?

100 metresOther vehicles may only drive in bus lanes for a maximum of 100 metres to enter or leave the road at a driveway or intersection.

The only vehicles allowed to stop in a bus lane are buses at a bus stop or taxis and hire cars when picking up or setting down passengers..

How do you read a bus lane sign?

Bus lanes are marked by dashed white lines on the road turning into a solid white line. There will also be a blue bus lane sign showing you when it’s in operation and the road users that are allowed (e.g. cyclists and taxi’s). Every bus lane has different times.

How should you give an arm signal to turn left?

I Want to Turn Left Extend your left arm straight out the window, palm forward. You can also point the fingers of your left hand to the left if that’s what comes naturally to you. It’s best to retract your arm only after you begin to make a safe turn.

When should you avoid overtaking?

Never Overtake: where the road ahead narrows. where there are road junctions or driveways from which a vehicle could pull out in front of you. where you cannot see the road ahead to be clear i.e. when approaching a bend, the brow of a hill, a dip in the road or a hump back bridge.

How do bus lane cameras work?

If the camera detects a vehicle illegally driving, stopping or parking in a bus lane, it will automatically record some footage – usually at least eight seconds’ worth. Local traffic enforcement officers will periodically review this footage.

What is the difference between a bus lane and a bus gate?

How are bus lanes authorised? Bus lanes are created by Traffic Regulation Orders using powers under the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984. … A ‘Bus Gate’ is a short section of road blocked off to all traffic except buses, cycles and taxis (hackney carriages) as shown by appropriate signage.

Can you turn from a bus lane?

General traffic is also permitted to travel in a bus lane for up to 100 metres to: Turn left or right into or out of a street. Enter or leave a property adjacent to the bus lane. Pass another vehicle that has stopped to turn right or to avoid an obstruction.

How long can you drive in a bus lane to overtake?

You can also drive for up to 100m in a bus lane if you are passing another car that has stopped to turn right, or avoid an obstruction. There are also designated areas where you are permitted to cross the bus lane to change lanes, move through an intersection, or to turn into a street.

Who do you give way to when merging?

Where two lanes merge into one, the vehicle in front has the right of way. If there are dual lanes, and the lane you are in ends, give way to the vehicles in the lane you are moving into. Always use your indicator to signal your intentions to other drivers when merging.

What is the punishment for driving in a bus lane?

Paying a Penalty Charge Notice (PCN) If you’ve been detected by the CCTV cameras illegally using a bus lane, bus-only street or bus gate you will be issued a Penalty Charge Notice (PCN) of £90. However, if you pay within 14 days of getting the ticket a 50 per cent discount will apply and you will only have to pay £45.

Can I appeal a bus lane fine after paying?

Not many drivers realise that it is possible to appeal against a Penalty Charge Notice (PCN) for driving in a bus lane. Motorists must take up the matter with the authority that issued the ticket in the first place, within the specified time limit – typically 28 days.

What does bus lane mean?

A bus lane is a lane restricted to buses on certain days and times, and generally used to speed up public transport that would be otherwise held up by traffic congestion. Bus lanes are shown by road markings and signs that indicate which (if any) other vehicles are permitted to use the bus lane.

How do I turn left on a bus lane?

Turning left: You must turn left from the lane next to the bus lane. It is essential you check your left mirror and blind spot before you move so that you don’t get hit by a bus as you turn left across the bus lane.

What happens if u go in a bus lane?

But if you find you’ve strayed into a bus lane by mistake, and you have no real excuse for doing so, you may be issued a penalty. … You won’t receive any points on your license if you drive in a bus lane by mistake, and a PCN won’t affect your car insurance premium.

What does it mean if the signs at a bus lane shows no times of operation?

Buses. … If a bus lane shows no times of operation then it is in operation 24 hours per day. Don’t drive or park in a bus lane when it’s in operation.

Is driving in a bus lane a criminal Offence?

Driving in a bus lane in NSW is generally prohibited and attracts an on-the-spot fine of $344 with 1 demerit point. Where upon receiving a penalty notice for this offence, you court elect- upon appearing in court, you may either plead ‘guilty’ or ‘not guilty’.

Can Uber drivers use bus lanes?

Legally, Uber drivers still don’t enjoy the same advantages as taxis. They can’t drive in bus lanes and don’t have any dedicated pickup or drop off zones the way taxis do. … Existing arrangements will continue with regards to bus lane access for taxis,” confirmed a Transport for NSW spokesperson.

Do bus lane cameras flash?

Bus lane cameras don’t flash like speed or traffic light cameras. They are usually CCTV cameras, the images from which are inspected and if an unauthorised vehicle is seen in the bus lane a fixed penalty notice is issued to the registered keeper of the vehicle.