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NSW "Bus Only" lanes

Discussion in 'Politics, Laws, Government & Insurance' at netrider.net.au started by dewy, Dec 5, 2010.

  1. Okay, I had a quick search with no luck.

    So I have been riding for around two years now, having only moved to sydney I am enjoying riding in bus lanes, however I am wondering, what/if any difference there is between a bus lane and a bus only lane? Can a motorcycle use both, or just a bus lane?



    Also Transit lanes, bikes are allowed in T2, what about T3?
     
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  2. bus lanes we can use, bus only we cannot, i am fairly sure we can use transit lanes as well
     
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  3. Bus transit lanes, no, T2 and T3 yes
     
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  4. bus only means ONLY buses.

    bus lanes = buses, motorcycles, taxi's and hire cars.

    T2 and T3 lanes = any vehicle with more than 2 or 3 people, and motorcycles.
     
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  5. So I've done some searches & cannot seem to cone up with the answer. So lets say your legally riding in a bus lane & unfortunately get stopped at a red, if you are the first at the lights & get the magic B light does that mean you can go or is it for busses only??? Happened to me last week, I didn't know what to do so I rolled out of the way & let the bus behind me go...
     
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  6. If you look at the lane at the front of lights with the B signal they are "bus only" not "bus lane". This means you can't ride in it.
     
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  7. This is correct. Then there are certain bus lanes which, by virtue of the added restrictions [eg. taxi + bicycles only], motorcycles cannot use. One example is the bus lane on Park Street, Sydney east-bound [near Woolworths Town Hall].

    This one's an interesting anomaly. It used to be marked BUS ONLY, but has since been re-painted as BUS LANE. However, the B signal is still there, and can be activated by a motorcycle.
     
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  8. Not allowed, this is the exception making it legal for buses.

    Note 4
    The driver of a tram or a public bus does not have to stop at traffic lights showing a red traffic light if a white T light (for trams) or a white B light (for public buses) is also showing,
    http://www.austlii.edu.au/au/legis/sa/consol_reg/arr210/s56.html
     
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  9. There are a bunch of these scenarios on the beaches. Thanks for the heads up though
     
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  10. Resurrecting an old thread...

    Just FYI, I've got done riding on Bus only lane in Sydney Padstow area (between Stacy st and Fairford rd) previously, cost me $300+ and 1 demerit points.
    Turns out cops was always around the area, got pulled over 3 times, only got fined the once (lucky?)

    I've also sent a letter to RTA stating that the Bus Only lane was not clear in the RTA website, but got rejected.... :(
     
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  11. It's pretty clear to me on the RMS website.
     
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  12. If you think it was not clearly marked, get legal advise.

    [at the lane that is] The RMS website will likely have little influence.
     
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  13. Canterbury Rd flyover. Very clearly marked.
     
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  14. ahh, yes I know it. Yes it's pretty well marked. Not much hope there.
     
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  15. You got warned about it twice - yeah that's quite lucky. Only got fined once. So, really you've only got a 1 in 3 chance of getting done. You really should use the bus only lane twice more to get maximum result for the penalty.
     
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