Q: When can I go into the Bus Lane before a Right Turn?

(Last Updated On: September 12, 2013)

Pay careful attention to signs and pavement markings. Since it’s illegal to change lanes over a solid white line, make sure the line is dotted before you move.

I’m not sure there’s a cut-and-dry answer for this. Do it sometime when it is safe, not crossing solid white lines, and not too far in advance that you are blatantly driving in the bus lane for miles and miles and receive a ticket. Usually I would aim for about 3/4 – 1/2 block. If you wait too long and get too close to the intersection, other vehicles may be in the space, so consider the vehicle behind you and remember to signal early.


After the last lane-way, might be a good rough guideline:


Perhaps, “After the last parked car,” can be a guideline.


If anyone has a better answer, let me know.

Many moons ago, Carmen became an ICBC-approved driving instructor at the age of 22 in North Vancouver, and has spent many years working with new and experienced drivers around the lower mainland. She can be found reading the Motor Vehicle Act for fun while receiving strange looks from others. May the quest for great driving continue!

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  • Cathy

    Hey there I have my class5 road test coming up in surrey location!! Any tips ??

    • Hey, Not anything special other than the usual things 😉 lol

    • Nothing especially other than the usual ones! Let me know how it goes.