Bus Stops and Bus Lane Differences

As a driver preparing for the DSA UK driving test, it is your responsibility to make sure you are fully aware of the rules and regulations governing bus stops and bus lanes as defined in the highway code.

Bus Lanes are dedicated for the use of Public transport vehicles during specific times which are clearly displayed on the Blue signs erected as you approach them. You as a test candidate would know that you are not allowed in these lanes during the times indicated, however outside the posted times you will be expected by the DSA driving examiner to drive in the bus lane.

On the other hand, you can drive over bus stops, queue in traffic, and there is no reason to avoid bus stops while on the driving test unless overcourse a bus is stopped/parked in it. The main restriction on bus stops is that you are not allowed to park your vehicle or stop/wait in them.

As a driving instructor I have seen many learner drivers try to avoid going over bus stops, in some cases causing oncoming vehicles to slow down or change direction (serious fault).

The video below shows another instance where avoiding a bus stop could put a learner in the wrong lane to deal safely with a junction.

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