How bus lanes work

Find out who can use bus and bus-only lanes, and when different rules apply.

How to use bus and bus-only lanes

Bus lanes can be used by buses, bicycles, motorcycles/scooters and in-service taxis.

Bus-only lanes can only be used by buses.

All other vehicles can use these lanes briefly (up to 50 metres) to cross through to another lane or turn into another street.

Understanding bus lane signs

Lane marking and sign Who can use the lane
 Lane markings and signs that indicate that buses, taxis and cyclists can use the lane. Only buses, bicycles, motorcycles/scooters and in-service taxis are allowed to use this lane.
 Lane markings and signs that indicate that only buses can use the lane between four and six pm between Monday and Friday.

During the times listed, only buses, bicycles, motorcycles/scooters and in-service taxis can use this lane.

Outside of the times listed, all vehicles can use the lane.





 Lane markings and signs that indicate that only buses can use the lane.
Only buses are allowed to use this lane.
 Lane markings and signs that indicate that only buses can use the lane between four and six pm between Monday and Friday.
During the times listed, only buses are allowed to use this lane.

Outside of the times listed, all vehicles can use the lane.

Need help?

You can phone our Contact Centre any time on 04 499 4444 or email info@wcc.govt.nz