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Special purpose lanes

Special purpose lanes include:

You can travel in a special purpose lane if your vehicle is specifically allowed in the lane, or:

  • to avoid an obstruction
  • to obey traffic signs operating in the lane
  • to travel a permitted distance—of up to 50m in a bicycle lane or 100m in any other special purpose lane—to
    • enter or leave the road
    • move from 1 part of the road to another—such as moving to or from a service road
    • overtake to the left of a vehicle that’s signalling to turn right
    • enter a marked lane from the side of the road.

Bus lanes

You can use a bus lane at any time if you are operating a bicycle, bus, taxi, limousine, or an emergency vehicle.

Buses, taxis and limousines can use bus lanes at any time to drop off or pick up passengers.

Check the signs used to identify bus lanes.

Bicycle lanes

Bicycle lanes are marked lanes on a road specifically designated for use by cyclists. A bicycle lane must have a ‘bicycle lane’ sign installed at the beginning of it. If there is no bicycle lane sign, it is not a bicycle lane even if there are yellow or white bicycle symbols painted on the road.

You must give way to bicycles when moving into a bicycle lane.

You can stop or park in a marked bicycle lane if you are allowed to drive in it and there are no signs or road markings prohibiting it.

Cyclists can choose whether to use a bicycle lane—it isn’t mandatory.

Check the signs used to identify bicycle lanes.

Transit lanes

Transit lanes help public passenger services, and vehicles carrying multiple people improve their trip times.

You can travel in a transit lane if your vehicle is:

  • carrying 2 or more people—travel permitted in T2 lanes only
  • carrying 3 or more people—travel permitted in T2 and T3 lanes.

Exempted vehicles

You are allowed to travel in a transit lane at any time if you’re operating:

  • a bicycle
  • a bus
  • a taxi or limousine
  • a motorcycle—not permitted in bus lanes
  • an emergency vehicle.


Transit lanes can be identified by transit lane signs and road surface markings.

The signs show the times the lane is a transit lane—generally during peak hours—and if it’s a T2 or T3 transit lane.

If there is no time on the sign, the lane is a transit lane at all times.

Penalties for misuse

If you travel in a special purpose lane illegally, you may be fined.


Last updated
3 March 2018
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