Sharing the road with buses
We share the road with vehicles which are often larger than our own, including buses that need extra space to move and turn. Large vehicles like these handle very differently to cars, and there are several Road Rules designed specifically for these larger vehicles that aim to keep you safe, and help out professional drivers as well.
Cars turning left and right at an intersection must normally use the left or right turning lane respectively. However buses and other long vehicles displaying a “Do not overtake turning vehicle” sign can turn left or right from the lane adjacent to the turning lane, or use both lanes if necessary, to make the turn safely.
Drivers must not 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.
The Road Rules also identify that when driving in the left lane or in a left line of traffic in a built-up area, a driver must give way to a bus displaying a “Give way to buses” sign when it is stopped or moving slowly, and indicating to rejoin the traffic stream from the left.
For more information see the Victorian Road Safety Road Rules 2009 Rule 77.
A few seconds of extra courtesy on your part might help up to 50 people catch their connecting bus or train by reducing delays for the bus service. Also, buses need more space than cars when stopping, so it’s also important not to cut in front of them at traffic lights or roundabouts, even though the gap may look large to you.
Watch the VicRoads short video for more information on sharing the road with buses.