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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