It’s important to remember that larger vehicles handle differently to cars and their drivers have a different field of vision. There are several road rules specifically designed to account for this:
- Buses and long vehicles displaying a ‘Do not overtake turning vehicle’ sign can turn left or right from the lane next to the turning lane, or use both lanes if necessary to turn safely.
- Drivers mustn’t drive past or overtake to the left (or right) of a vehicle displaying this sign when it’s indicating to make the turn, so it’s usually best to hang back a bit and let them proceed first.
- When driving in the left lane or in a left line of traffic in a built-up area, drivers must give way to a bus displaying a ‘Give way to busses’ sign when it is stopped, moving slowly, an indication to join the traffic stream from the left.
By allowing buses just a few seconds of extra courtesy on the road, you’re doing your part to help passengers reach their connecting bus or train without delays.
For more information see the Victorian Road Safety Road Rules 2009 Rule 77.
Visit VicRoads for more information on sharing the road with buses.