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When can a private car travel in a lane marked by this sign? When can a private car travel in a lane marked by this sign?

  • A. On weekends, after 10pm and before 6am

  • B. When carrying at least two passengers

  • C. Only to overtake another vehicle

  • D. Only within 100 metres of making a turn

    The correct answer is D
    Correct. Bus lanes are designed to keep public transport moving effectively, and that reduces overall congestion. However, if you are turning into a side street or driveway you may drive in a bus lane for up to 100m until you make the turn

Private cars in bus lanes

Your private car is only allowed in a bus lane for the purposes of turning, and you can enter the bus lane 100m before where you are making a turn. This makes sense for traffic purposes because:

However, much more than 100m and vehicles would start to abuse it. In other countries, such as New Zealand, the distance is 50m.

Judging 100m is a tricky thing. Local roading authorities may be videoing the bus lanes to prosecute drivers that cheat the system, and you don't want to get caught out if you are genuinely turning.

Bus lanes can be used by taxis, hire cars, vehicles operated by (or under the direction of) Roads and Maritime, bicycles and motorbikes, unless the lane says "Buses Only Lane". So, if you see what you think is a normal passenger car using the bus lane, don't assume that you can use it, too - it could be a hire car. 

The signs come in two forms:

bus lane only sign

bus lane only

Taxis and hire cars can stop in bus lanes to pick up or set down passengers.

Bus lanes might have time limits on them, like the sign says below. If they don't, they're in operation 24 hours a day.

bus lane sign

You can expect to see more and more bus lanes as time goes on. Bus lanes are almost never removed once in place because local authorities prefer to have people use public transport to reduce pollution and congestion. As you can see from goals 7 and 8 in this presentation, Roads and Maritime intend to reduce congestion and increase public transport patronage.