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Bus Lanes: Motorcycles

Volume 474: debated on Wednesday 2 April 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if she will undertake research into the use of powered two-wheeled vehicles in bus lanes; what research she has evaluated on the matter; and if she will make a statement. (197631)

The Department has commissioned three research projects to investigate the effects of allowing powered two-wheeled vehicles to use bus lanes. The research, in Bristol, Swindon and the City of Westminster, considered the impact of schemes on both motorcyclists and other road users.

The case for allowing powered two-wheeled vehicles in bus lanes is very much a site-specific matter. The research has helped identify potential benefits and disbenefits that local authorities need to consider in determining whether or not to permit motorcycles to use their bus lanes. The results of this research provide the basis for the Department’s current advice in Traffic Advisory Leaflet 2/07 “The use of bus lanes by motorcycles”.