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You are approaching the start of a T2 transit lane. You are the only person in the car. You want to turn left at the next intersection 200 metres away. Can you travel in the transit lane at this point? You are approaching the start of a T2 transit lane. You are the only person in the car. You want to turn left at the next intersection 200 metres away. Can you travel in the transit lane at this point?

  • A. No, because you can only travel in the transit lane if the intersection you are turning left at is within 100 metres.

  • B. Yes, because you only have a short distance to drive.

  • C. Yes, if there is no traffic behind you.

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    The correct answer is A
     
    Correct. You can travel in a transit lane (T2 or T3) with less than the required number of passengers, but only for 100 metres before you turn into an intersection or driveway.
     
 
 
 

Transit lanes: T2 and T3

transit laneA transit lane is a lane reserved for vehicles with defined minimum number of occupants. They must be real people, not pets or mannequins.

The lane will be indicated by a sign and paint on the road.

For example, a T2 lane must have a driver and at least one other occupant whereas a T3 lane must have a driver and at least two other occupants. T2 and T3 lanes can usually be used by cyclists, motorcyclists and buses, too.

If you drive into a transit lane without the required number of passengers you will be fined if caught. Roading authorities often video transit lanes. The problem with this is that if you have a baby in the car and the baby seat is not visible, then that person won't be counted and you will have to argue your case.

If the lanes have time restrictions or times of operation then the operational times will be displayed on the sign, for example 6am-10am Monday to Friday.

You are allowed to travel in a transit lane with less than the required occupants if you are turning left into a side street or driveway, but only for 100m before the turning. 100m is around 15-20 car lengths (assuming no gaps), or at 50kph it will be 4 cars assuming a two-second gap between each one.