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Can you drive a minibus in a bus lane?
Who can drive in a bus lane? A minibus with more than ten seats, including the driver’s seat, can drive in most bus lanes, unless the sign says ‘local’ – in which case the lane is reserved for local bus services.
What vehicles can use bus lanes?
Vehicles that can use a bus lane
- Buses which have a minimum of 10 seats (including the driver)
- Licensed taxis (hackney carriages)
- Motorcycles (without side cars)
- Tricycles (non-motorised, motorised under 450kg, not with side cars)
Is a minibus a bus?
A minibus, microbus, minicoach, or commuter (in Zimbabwe) is a passenger-carrying motor vehicle that is designed to carry more people than a multi-purpose vehicle or minivan, but fewer people than a full-size bus. Minibuses have a seating capacity of between 12 and 30 seats. Larger minibuses may be called midibuses.
Can black cabs use bus lanes?
inicab drivers are barred from using the capital’s bus lanes, a European court has ruled.
Is a bus gate the same as a bus lane?
A bus gate consists of a short section of road that only buses and authorised vehicles (typically taxis) can pass through. They are normally marked with the same street signage as bus lanes, but have “BUS GATE” marked on the road surface.
How do bus lanes work?
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.
Can I drive a 17 seater minibus on a car licence?
Anyone with a normal licence can drive a minibus with up to 12 seats. For people who passed their test and got their driving licence before 1 January 1997, you are likely to have a Category D1 licence. This allows you to drive a minibus with up to 16 passenger seats – but not for hire or reward.
Can I drive a minibus over 70?
If your licence has been medically restricted or if you are aged over 70, you must meet the higher medical standards to have your minibus entitlement reissued. If your minibus entitlement is not renewed, you may still be able to drive minibuses in certain circumstances.
Why can Taxis go in bus lanes?
TfL has argued that taxis are allowed to drive in bus lanes because they can ply for hire, whereas minicabs cannot, and are required to be wheelchair-accessible. Allowing tens of thousands of minicabs to drive in bus lanes would also affect the reliability of bus services, it added.
What constitutes being in a bus lane?
Is it illegal to drive through a bus gate?
So a bus gate is not in the highway code. Not defined in any law or statues passed through the houses of parliament. Only referenced in a circular that is not aimed at the general public. Whilst it is correct for the council to mark the road as a bus gate and it is prohibited to pass over/through it.
Can I drive a 12 seater minibus on a car licence?
A minibus with more than ten seats, including the driver’s seat, can drive in most bus lanes, unless the sign says ‘local’ – in which case the lane is reserved for local bus services. Other relevant symbols on the bus lane sign may indicate that licenced taxis, motorcycles, mopeds, scooters, tricycles or bikes may use the lane.
What are the rules for driving in bus lanes?
Bus lane rules. For motorists, rule 141 of the Highway Code applies: ‘unless otherwise indicated, you should not drive in a bus lane during its period of operation. You may enter a bus lane to stop, to load or unload where this is not prohibited’.
Can a cyclist use a bus lane?
For motorists, rule 141 of the Highway Code applies: ‘unless otherwise indicated, you should not drive in a bus lane during its period of operation. You may enter a bus lane to stop, to load or unload where this is not prohibited’. But it’s quite different for cyclists. Rule 66 states: ‘most bus lanes may be used by cyclists as indicated on signs’.
Can You overtake a bus stopped at a bus lane?
Only overtake a bus stopped at a bus lane if you can see a lot of passengers waiting to get on or off and you have enough time to drive the full length of the bus without causing disruptions Summary Hopefully, our article has made things a little clear about when you are permitted and not permitted to drive in a bus lane.