Using bus lanes is a great way for bikers to make progress through congested areas, improving safety and reducing emissions, but not all bus lanes in the UK are biker-friendly.
How to avoid a bus lane accident
Buses stop and pull away regularly to allow passengers on and off. In order to avoid accidents, motorcyclists must plan ahead and pay attention to road signs and road markings, especially when moving in and out of bus lanes to overtake slow moving or stationary buses.
What’s the law on motorbikes using bike and bus lanes?
At the start of a bus lane, there should be a blue road sign that clearly indicates which types of vehicles can use it and at what time of the day. Bus lanes are managed by the relevant local authority and they control who can use them and when. So, don’t assume that, as a biker, you’re allowed in them all, because each bus lane can have different rules.
The Highway Code gives the following guidance on the use of bus lanes:
Bus lanes. These are shown by road markings and signs that indicate which (if any) other vehicles are permitted to use the bus lane. Unless otherwise indicated, you should not drive in a bus lane during its period of operation. You may enter a bus lane to stop, to load or unload where this is not prohibited.
(The Highway Code, Rule 141)
For other user-specific lanes, such as cycle lanes, bikers are not permitted to use them unless otherwise stated on a nearby road sign, or if they need to cross them to enter or exit a side road or driveway.
How do solicitors fight a motorbike in a bus lane case?
Although bikers might be prohibited from entering a bus lane, it doesn’t mean that you’ll automatically lose a claim.
In cases like this, it might be argued that you were partly at fault by being in the bus lane, but drivers still have a duty of care to other road users and it’s important that they are aware of those around them, including motorcyclists.
As with any RTA, it’s important to gather as much evidence as possible. In cases where a bus lane allows motorcycles, try and get photographs of the signage if possible. Gathering evidence, including photos, witness statements and police reports will all help support your legal claim.
Our dedicated motorcycle accident team are experienced in protecting the rights of bikers in cases like this and will examine the evidence available supported by their expertise in this area, to help you achieve the best possible outcome.
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By choosing Biker SOS you’re choosing the motorbike accident specialists. We’ve handled 1 in 6 motorbike claims in the last 5 years alone – making us the largest specialist provider in the country.
We have access to a network of the very best barristers and non-legal experts to help you get the support you need, whether that’s help with care, rehabilitation, specialist equipment, or accommodation. We also offer motorcycle repair and replacement hire as part of our service.
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We understand the devastating impact a motorcycle accident can have on your life and the financial pressures it can bring, so we handle your claim on a No Win No Fee basis, meaning you won’t pay anything upfront to start your claim.