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Lester Wilde  says:

Not sure which bus lanes you can use?

I have lived in central London for years, moved out to the suburbs about 4 years ago. I have been fully aware of bus lanes being made open to motorbikes. Now here's the rub, I went out for a spin on my Aprila on my birthday in October and I recently got a £120 fine for riding in a bus lane. On further investigation I...

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Jan 08

Posts: 100

nwlondoner says:

Motorcycles in Bus Lanes

The current Transport for London (TfL) motorcycles in bus lanes trial is only on red routes (and doesn't even include all red route bus lanes). All bus lanes that motorcycles & scooters are permitted to use display the motorbike symbol on the bus lane signs.

You can find out more about the TfL motorcycle in bus lanes trial (and complete the online survey) here:

There are also some other London councils that allow motorcycles in some of their bus lanes, including the City of Westminster, the London Borough of Richmond upon Thames, the Royal Borough of Kingston upon Thames and the London Borough of Ealing.

So, for now at least, the only way to know for sure that you are allowed in a bus lane is to constantly check the signs. This is far from ideal (in fact I think it's rather dangerous) but until the TfL trial is complete, I don't think any other London boroughs will be opening up their bus lanes to bikes as they must be making a killing from all the confusion.

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Aug 02

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eatcs01 says:


LONDON buss lanes are open to bikes. As London is basically, anything inside the M25, I thought ALL London bus lanes are open....



Ps. Your motorbike's taxation class is "Bicycle". So you can use any bus lane....

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Aug 09

Posts: 2

dryfish says:


I used to commute on the A23 into London and motorcycles have been able to use some of the bus lanes there for long before the red route scheme - I've now got into the habit of looking for bus lane signs which comes in very handy when there's no motorcycle shown but its out of hours and people are still avoiding that lane. I also don't think I would have noticed the bus lanes in Reading where motorcycles are allowed otherwise.

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