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Road Signs


Bus and cycle signs and road markings

No vehicles designed to carry more than 8 passengers (excluding driver) or local buses
With-flow bus lane ahead that can also be used by pedal cycles and taxis. Hours of operation may be shown
With-flow bus and pedal cycle lane sign showing hours of operation

Route for buses and pedal cycles only (cycles not admitted when cycle symbol not shown; taxis admitted when "taxi" shown in upper sign)
The word "local" on the bus symbol means the only buses that may use the lane are those running a local service. Where the word "local" is not shown, the lane may be used by any vehicle designed to carry more than 8 passengers, excluding the driver, and local buses. Solo motorcycles may use the lane where the motorcycle symbol is shown on the signs (see page 141).

Other vehicles may enter and stop in a bus lane to load and unload unless signs alongside the lane indicate otherwise.

Road marking indicating the start of a route for buses only. TAXI and/or the cycle symbol may be included Bus lane road marking Traffic may use both lanes at the end of a bus lane

Stopping place for buses Place where local buses may stand, from which all other vehicles are prohibited during the times shown Stopping by vehicles other than local buses prohibited during the times shown

Plates used to indicate exemptions for buses, taxis and pedal cycles from prohibitions such as turn left ahead and no left turn. These signs may be circular when mounted in combination with traffic signals The broad continuous yellow line at the edge of the carriageway means that other vehicles are prohibited from stopping

Mandatory with-flow pedal cycle lane ahead. Hours of operation may be shown Mandatory with-flow pedal cycle lane. Other vehicles must not use this part of the carriageway except to pick up or set down passengers. Hours of operation may be shown Route recommended for pedal cycles on the main carriageway of a road. This may be marked as an advisory pedal cycle lane Mandatory

Mandatory contra-flow pedal cycle lane (the upward arrows indicate the number of traffic lanes available) Road markings for a mandatory pedal cycle lane Road markings for an advisory pedal cycle lane. Other vehicles should not use this part of the carriageway unless it is unavoidable

Reminder to pedestrians to look out for pedal cycles approaching from the right End of cycle lane, track or route Road marking indicating the end of a cycle lane, track or route

Shared route for pedal cycles and pedestrians only Separated track and path for pedal cycles and pedestrians Route for pedal cycles only Riding of pedal cycles prohibited

Pedal cycle route crossing or joining road ahead Pedal cyclists to dismount at end of, or break in, a cycle lane, track or route Advanced stop line for pedal cycles at traffic signals. When the signals are red, drivers of other vehicles must wait behind the first stop line. If the signals change to red when a vehicle is crossing the first line, the driver must stop at the second line. Drivers should allow time and space for cyclists to move off when the signals change to green

Plates used with "cycle route ahead" sign

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