i keep hearing conflicting views on wether a motorcycle can use them, whats the actual law ?
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Depends on the local council. Some let you use "no-car lanes" and "bus-lanes", others don't let you use any at all unless the signage states it's ok. Check with local council if in doubt. Where abouts are you based?
hi mate im in bournemouth and poole area.
According to dorset4you.com
as of April 2011;
"As this policy is being written, there are no specific traffic management measures catering for
motorcycles. As far as Traffic Regulation Orders are concerned, motorcycles are treated as cars
although exceptions are made for buses and cycles. One area, however, is an exception.
Weymouth & Portland BC permits motorcycles in their bus lanes and have proposed similar
exemptions in future additional bus lanes"[PDF]
I'd recommend you ring up the council or send an e-mail asking for an update on the matter. I think as a general rule of thumb (if in doubt), "no car lanes" are available for motorbikes at any time, "bus lanes" are only available to motorbikes out of the specified hours unless there's a sign explicitly stating motorbikes can use them.
Hope that helps
i cant believe my instructor said i was to use the bus lane if there was no obstruction, i questioned him and said there was no sign saying bikes, unbelieveable, he is based in portsmouth though and i wonder if he realises that its down to the councils.
you can use some of the bus lanes but not all, as the zand man says, check the signage.
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I'd send an actual, real letter to enquire, so you get a reply in writing. Then you can show it to some pig that might want to hassle you.
As an added bonus
you could always pop in to your local police station and ask for their advice (and get them to just write it down for you for your records) if you want something to carry around with you.
It is, however, a matter for the councils & not the coppers so that may not be very fruitful.
As preunit posted, check for signs similar to that. If there's a motorbike symbol in a square sign, you're allowed to do it, if it's in a circle, you're not!