Buses

A summary of the key road rules when driving or riding with buses in Victoria.

Giving way to buses

In a built-up area you must give way to a bus that is signalling to pull out from the kerb and is displaying a 'Give Way To Buses' sign.

Bus lanes

Drivers are not allowed to drive in a bus lane, unless:

  • they are driving for up to 100 metres to enter or leave the road, e.g. to turn at an intersection
  • they are overtaking a vehicle that is turning right or making a U-turn from the centre of the road
  • the information on the bus lane sign shows that other vehicles can use the lane
  • they need to avoid an obstruction, e.g. a broken-down vehicle
  • they are driving a public bus or coach
  • they are riding a bicycle.

Bus lanes are special lanes for public buses. They have bus lane signs at the start of these lanes.

Parking or stopping in a bus lane

Public buses and taxis are allowed to stop in a bus lane to pick-up or drop-off passengers.

Other drivers may be able to park in part-time bus lanes at certain times. You need to check the bus lane sign and parking signs in the area before parking.

Cyclists in bus lanes

Cyclists can ride in a bus lane unless otherwise signed.

Coaches in bus lanes

Coaches can drive in a bus lane unless otherwise signed.

Bus zones

You cannot park or stop in a bus zone. A bus zone is marked with bus zone sign.

Penalties

There are penalties for disobeying these rules which include fines and demerit points.

The rules in detail

See our driving with buses video for more information.

The Victorian road rules are published in Road Safety Road Rules 2009.

The key road rules and reference numbers regarding buses and driving in bus lanes are:

  • 77 - Giving way to Buses 
  • 154 - Bus lanes
  • 158 - Exceptions to driving in special purpose lanes etc.
  • 183 - Stopping in a bus zone

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