Bus Lane Notices

  1. Which vehicles can and cannot use bus lanes (selected)
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Which vehicles can and cannot use bus lanes

We are trialling changes to bus lanes

From 05 October 2015 until at least 30 June 2016 we are making two changes to our bus lanes.

This change means all vehicles including motorcycles can use these lanes outside peak times, that is from 9.30am to 4.00pm and 6.30pm to 7.30am Monday to Friday and all day Saturday and Sunday.

We are allowing motorbikes to use peak lanes all day. However, vehicles will still not be able to use the 24 hour bus lanes at Johnston Terrace, Bread Street, Inglis Green Road, Ocean Terminal and along the A90, west of Barnton Junction.

Motorcycles cannot use bus gates (these are stretches of road which only buses, taxis, cyclists and emergency vehicles can use). Bus gates are located at The Jewel, Prestonfield Avenue, Little France Drive, Kirklands Park Street (Kirkliston) and Bankhead Drive and are restricted 24 hours a day.

Shore has a contra-flow bus lane and is restricted 24 hours a day.  Taxis and motorcycles are not allowed to use this bus lane.

Please check bus lanes signs for more details.

During this trial we will monitor and assess the impact of these changes on all bus lane user groups and we will also carry out further consultation with key user groups.

Which vehicles can and cannot use bus lanes

You will receive a £60 charge if you drive in a bus lane or through a bus gate during their controlled times. This will be reduced to £30 if you pay within 14 days of receiving your charge notice.

Vehicles that can use bus gates are

  • buses
  • taxis but not private hire cars 
  • pedal cyclists
  • emergency service vehicles

Vehicles that can use bus lanes are

  • public service vehicles, such as Lothian and First buses
  • taxis but not private hire cars 
  • motorbikes 
  • pedal cyclists
  • emergency service vehicles

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