How do you know if a bus lane is suspended?

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How do you know if a bus lane is suspended?

A bus lane is marked with either dashed white lines or a solid white line.

The solid white lines mark out the edge of the bus lane and should not be crossed while it is in operation.

The dashed white lines signify the beginning and end of the lanes, as well as points where it’s acceptable for vehicles to cross into it.

They will also have the words ‘bus lane’ marked along the road.

When can’t bus lanes be used? 

All bus lanes have blue signs signalling their times of operation. 

The sign will usually show a time period, and the days of the week when restrictions for non-buses are to be taken notice of.

Sometimes they’ll show two sets of times (e.g. Mon-Fri 6.30 – 10.30am, 3.30 – 5.30pm).

If there are no times are shown on the sign then this means the lane is in operation 24 hours a day and can’t be used at any point by unauthorised vehicles.

When can bus lanes be used? 

If you’re driving outside a bus lane’s operating hours, then you can use it as long as it’s safe and states it is not in use. 

Be aware that not using a bus lane when it’s safe or it is still in operation during your driving test could result in a marking down.

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Theory test – social distancing Coventry 

Changes have been made to the way that the theory test is being sat. Although the price is still the same (£23), social distancing is now in place. At least one metre needs to be kept from other individuals. 

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The test centres should have the following measures in place:


Floor markings, to ensure people follow arrows to entrances and exits. This way there is a one-way system to prevent people from crossing paths. 


Gaps between workstations, allow the one metre distance to be maintained. 


Cleaning workstations before a new candidate starts and once they leave will prevent the spread of coronavirus. Staff should make sure they are doing this. 


Using screens at the reception desk to keep staff safe, germs and bacteria cannot be spread this way. 


Hand sanitizer should be on hand before entering the centre and before leaving, to ensure any bacteria will be killed. 


Staff wearing face coverings to prevent bacteria coming from and entering the nose and mouth area, keeping it contained within the mask. 


Face coverings should be worn to your theory test unless you are exempt for medical reasons and hold a form of proof for this. 


How is the theory test changing? – online theory classes

The theory test for learners will be changing.

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What changes will be made?

The changes are aimed to make the theory test more accessible for individuals who have a reading impairment, learning disabilities, or developmental condition.


Currently, the theory test has 5 questions to answer based on a case study at the end. You need to read through the case study first and then answer the questions, the case study will be the same for the 5 questions.

When theory tests change, instead of reading a case study and answering questions, you will watch a video and answer 3 questions about the video. The video clip can be replayed and watched as many times as needed.

The video will be a clip of driving through an area, such as a town, country lane etc. For each question, you will be given 4 possible answers to choose from.


Possible question example: Why should the driver, on the side road, look out for motorcyclists at junctions?


The left-hand side of the screen will play the video clip with controls to play the video, pause the video, move to a specific part of the video by dragging the icon on a progress bar similar to a YouTube video and watch the video using the full screen. The questions will then be shown on the right-hand side.


What is staying the same?


You will still have 50 multiple choice questions to answer, with the timescale of 57 minutes to complete them. You will need to score a minimum of 43 out of 50 to pass the question side of the test. The hazard perception section is staying the exact same. This will be watching video clips to spot possible hazards.


SmartLearner Driving School has recently begun to offer theory support online. Currently, SmartLearner offers 1-2-1 help towards your theory test that requires pupils to travel to the office in Coventry. However, due to COVID-19 and current regulations, they now offer online theory support online. Their regular theory classes were met with great reception, high praise, and students who took regular lessons with the theory instructor all passed! If you would like to get booked in for online theory support give us a call on 0800 118 2001 or visit our website.