There is always confusion around when to use bus lanes when taking driving lessons in Leeds.
There are 2 bus lanes on the horsforth test routes in Leeds
The bus lane on kirkstall road opposite the kirkstall abbey is clearly marked red on the road and the signs do not have any times indicated so in this situation the bus lane is in operation 24/7 so you will need to stay out of it only buses cyclist and hackney taxis can use these.
The other bus lane runs down Otley road in Leeds and there is a solid white line along the road and is clearly marked with times of operation which are Monday to Friday 7.30am to 9.30 am so this means that you are not allowed to use this lane during the week between the 2 hours from 7 30 am to 9.30 am and coming out on a driving lesson from Leeds city centre then the 4pm to 6pm time could be in operation.
The main reason for these times of operation is as these could be the busiest as for commuters to get to work or school.
During your driving lessons in Leeds if you are on a driving test it is advisable to adhere to the signs because driving in a bus lane when you are not permitted would be classed as a serious fault and would result in a failure.
The only time you would be allowed to use a bus lane in its operation time is if you were avoiding a roadwork / spillage or giving way to emergency vehicles or to avoid a collision.
Some bus lanes especially within city centres are enforced with CCTV cameras and if you are caught using within restricted time then a penalty notice could be issued. This can be £60 and reduced to £30 if paid within 14 days of issue and could go up to £90 if not paid within 28 days.
As a driving instructor on a lesson pupils can ask me why we are the only ones using the bus lane and the only reason which comes to mind is that other drivers are not reading the signs and don’t want to take a undue risk to get a possible fine which does not help with traffic congestion.