Manchester City Council

Roads, parking & transport Bus lane rules

Bus lane enforcement ensures the free flow of traffic across the city and is mainly used in areas where there is a traffic congestion issue or a problem with bus lane abuse.

Bus lane orders are made under the Traffic Management Act of 2001.

Who can use a bus lane?

During operational hours, only buses (this includes coaches with over 8 seats), hackney carriages (black cabs) and pedal cycles can use bus lanes. Other vehicles making use of bus lanes during operational times will be fined.

What does a bus lane look like and when do they operate?

Bus lanes are marked with a white line and the words "Bus Lane" marked on the road. A section of broken white lines in the bus lane means it is permitted for vehicles to cross the bus lane to turn left or into an adjacent loading bay.

Operating times vary from location to location, but a sign displaying the times of operation will be in place ahead of any bus lane.

If no times are stated, then the lane is operational 24 hours a day.

What if I have to use the bus lane?

There are instances when you may have no other choice but to move into a bus lane. For example:

  • to avoid an obstruction in the road, such as roadwork or a spillage.
  • to make way for an emergency services vehicle.
  • to avoid an accident.

If you have to move into a bus lane, please do so only for as long as is required.

How do we enforce bus lanes?

CCTV cameras are used to record vehicles driving or parking in bus lanes. All recordings are checked for mitigating circumstances.

If captured by CCTV using a bus lane during restricted hours, a Penalty Charge Notice (PCN) may be issued.

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