Special Purpose Lanes

On WA roads, you are restricted from driving in special purpose lanes, such as bus and bicycle lanes. As outlined in the Road Traffic Code Regulations below, if you are caught unlawfully using a special purpose lane, you are subject to an infringement and/or demerit points.

Bus lanes

A person shall not drive a vehicle along or into a bus lane unless:
            (a)         the vehicle is a public bus, an emergency vehicle or a special purpose vehicle; or
            (b)         the driver is permitted to do so under regulation 136 of the Road Traffic Code 2000.

Busways

A person shall not drive a vehicle along or into a busway unless — 
            (a)         the vehicle is a public bus, an emergency vehicle or a special purpose vehicle; or 
            (b)         a taxi, and there is a sign at the beginning of the busway indicating that taxis may enter that busway. 

  • The driver of a vehicle in a busway shall use the vehicle’s headlights at all times while driving in a busway.
  • The driver of a vehicle in a busway shall maintain a minimum distance of 250 m from any vehicle travelling in front of it.
  • A person shall not alight from, or board, a vehicle in a busway, unless the vehicle is disabled or there is a medical or other emergency.
  • The driver of a vehicle in a busway shall not direct a person to alight from, or board the vehicle, unless the vehicle is disabled or there is a medical or other emergency.

Bicycle lanes

The driver of a vehicle, other than a bicycle, shall not drive in a bicycle lane, unless the driver is permitted to do so under this regulation or regulation 136.
 
  • If stopping or parking is permitted at a place in a bicycle lane, the driver of a vehicle other than a bicycle may drive for up to 50 m in the bicycle lane to stop or park at that place.
  • The driver of a public bus, or a taxi, may drive in a bicycle lane for up to 50 m if the driver is dropping off, or picking up, passengers. 

Truck lanes

The driver of a vehicle other than a truck shall not drive in a lane to which a “truck lane” sign applies, unless the driver is permitted to drive in the truck lane under regulation 136. 

 
Offence Penalty Demerits
Driving along or into a Bus lane unless    
  • the vehicle is a public bus, an emergency vehicle or a special purpose vehicle.
$100 3
  • a taxi, and there is a sign at the beginning of the busway indicating that taxis may enter that busway.
$100 3
Driving along or into a Busway unless    
  • driving a public bus, an emergency vehicle or a special purpose vehicle.
$100 3
  • driving a taxi, and there is a sign at the beginning of the busway indicating that taxis may enter.
$100 3
  •  using the vehicle’s headlights at all times while driving in a busway.
$100 1
  • maintaining a minimum distance of 250 m from any vehicle travelling in front of it.
$100 1
  • the vehicle is disabled or there is a medical or other emergency.
 $50  
Driving in Bicycle lane unless
  • the driver is permitted to do so under this regulation or regulation 136.
$100 3
Driving in Truck lane unless    
  • the driver is permitted to do so under this regulation or regulation 136.
$100 3