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Further information

Some bus lanes are part time and only operate during peak hours. You can tell by the bus lane signs on the side of the road that show the times.


LANE 6.30-10.00 MON-FRI

LAN E 6.30-10.00

Phone: 1300 309 571 Email: Post:

As shown on the signs, this bus lane operates between 6:30am and 10:00am, Monday to Friday. That means you may not drive in the bus lane during these times.




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Driving with trams and buses

If you are deaf or have a hearing or speech impairment, you can call us through the National Relay Service:


A guide to sharing the road with Melbourne’s trams and buses

TTY or modem users: Phone 133 677 and quote 1300 309 571 Voice-only (speak and listen) users: Phone 1300 555 727 and quote 1300 309 571 Interpreting service: For an interpreter service please call (03) 9280 0772.


The rest of the time you may drive in the lane, or park if signs allow you. Fine $117

Giving way to buses ONLY ONLY YouLANE must give way to a bus leaving a busEND stop. This helps reduce delays to buses and keep them to timetable. Fine $204

Do not park near a bus stop At bus stops, a bus stop is signed and may be painted yellow on the road to show where the bus will pull up at the stop. Buses need space to enter and leave the bus stop, so you must not park within 20 metres before or 10 metres after the bus stop sign unless permitted by parking signs. Fine $70

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Part time bus lanes

APRIL 2010

Driving with buses

Tramways You must not drive in a tramway2. Tramways have overhead signs and raised dividing strips or two yellow lines beside the tram tracks. Fine $117

LANE Driving with trams


6.30-10.00 MON-FRI

Y  ou must stop level with the rear of a tram at a tram stop until the doors close and passengers have cleared the road. Fine $292  nce the tram’s doors are closed and it O is safe to proceed, you must not exceed 10km/h while passing a stationary tram at a tram stop. Fine $292  ou must give way to all trams at Y roundabouts. Fine $204  ou must not move into the path of a tram. Y Fine $117  ou must not drive over raised dividing strips Y or double yellow lines1. Fine $117  ou must not make a U-turn across a solid Y line in the centre of the road. Fine $233 You must not double park. Fine $70  ou must not park or stop within 20 metres Y of a tram stop unless there is a sign which permits parking. Fine $117. Fines increase annually on 1 July.



Reliable public transport services attract more passengers, helping reduce the number of cars on the road and their impact on the environment.


Bus lanes


Bus lanes are for buses. You can tell if it’s a bus lane by the bus lane signs or ‘BL’ marked on the lane.

1 If necessary, you may cross a raised dividing strip or double yellow lines only to avoid an obstacle and without delaying a tram. 2 If necessary, you may drive in a tramway only to avoid an obstacle and without delaying a tram.

O N LY Tram lanes You may only drive in a tram lane for up to 50 metres to turn right or to avoid an obstacle, and without delaying a tram.


Tram lanes have overhead signs and a solid yellow line beside the tram tracks. Some tram lanes are full time (24 hours), while others are part time. A part time tram lane has signs showing when it is a tram lane. Fine $117

Hook turns To turn right at some intersections on tram routes you must do a ‘hook turn’ as indicated by signs. To do a hook turn you approach and enter the intersection from the left lane and indicate that you are turning right. Move forward to the far left of the intersection, keeping clear of the pedestrian crossings. Wait until the traffic lights on the road E NEinto DN D which you are turning change to green, then turn right when it is safe to do so. Fine $117


Some bus lanes are also coloured red or have red sections to remind drivers that the lane is for buses only. Bus lanes are full time or part time.


By transporting thousands of people every day, Melbourne’s tram service helps reduce congestion on our roads. So it is important to know how to share the roads with trams when driving in Melbourne. By observing the road rules when driving you will help to keep our roads safe and reduce delays to trams and their passengers:


Many roads in Melbourne have bus lanes. Bus lanes reduce delays to buses and improve the reliability and travel times of buses.

You must not drive in a bus lane except: f or up to 100 metres when entering or leaving the road t o overtake a right turner t o avoid an obstacle.


If you turn into a road and see the lane is a bus lane you must safely move out of the bus lane within 100 metres. Fine $117

Full time bus lanes This bus lane is full time and operates 24 hours per day. You can tell it is full time because there are no times on the signs. If you are turning left into a driveway or a road, be careful to watch out for buses when merging into the bus lane to make your turn. Remember, if there are no times marked on the bus lane signs, then it is always a bus lane. Fine $117

Driving with Trams  

Driving with trams