Is overtaking a bus illegal?

Is overtaking a bus illegal?

Only ever overtake the bus if you have enough room to move back over into lane and not so that you remain alongside the bus. It’s not generally necessary to indicate to the right when waiting behind a bus as it’s usually clear to other road users that you are waiting for the bus to move off or overtake it.

What does The Highway Code say about overtaking?

Being overtaken. If a driver is trying to overtake you, maintain a steady course and speed, slowing down if necessary to let the vehicle pass. Never obstruct drivers who wish to pass. Speeding up or driving unpredictably while someone is overtaking you is dangerous.

Do buses have priority?

The Highway Code states in rule 223 that you should give priority to buses, coaches and trams, especially when they’re signaling to pull away from stops.

What happens if you don’t follow Highway Code?

Knowing and applying the rules,Showthis sectionMany of the rules in The Highway Code are legal requirements, and if you disobey these rules you are committing a criminal offence. You may be fined, given penalty points on your licence or be disqualified from driving. In the most serious cases you may be sent to prison.

Can you overtake a bus with hazard lights on?

Even if a bus stops with its hazard light on, you can overtake it, but only at a very slow speed (pedestrian speed). Do not overtake a stopping tram or bus on the right! That is forbidden. And it endangers the passengers.

What is Rule 169 in the Highway Code?

Rule 169. Do not hold up a long queue of traffic, especially if you are driving a large or slow-moving vehicle. Check your mirrors frequently, and if necessary, pull in where it is safe and let traffic pass.

Should you let buses pull out?

Always let out buses Buses must indicate and wait for a gap in traffic like the rest of us. But not only is it courteous to safely slow down and leave a good distance as soon as you see a larger vehicle’s signal, it also avoids confusion and the possibility of a large bus pulling into your path.

What is Rule 223 of the Highway Code?

Rule 223. Buses, coaches and trams. Give priority to these vehicles when you can do so safely, especially when they signal to pull away from stops. Look out for people getting off a bus or tram and crossing the road.

Are new highway codes enforceable?

How is the highway code enforced? The highway code is being updated to improve road safety for vulnerable road users, but there will be no changes to the law. The rules of the highway code are advisory, meaning a person won’t be prosecuted for not complying with them.

Is The Highway Code enforceable?

Although failure to comply with the other rules of the Code will not, in itself, cause a person to be prosecuted, The Highway Code may be used in evidence in any court proceedings under the Traffic Acts (see The road user and the law) to establish liability.

When should you be overtaken?

“The left lane is for overtaking and once you have overtaken a vehicle, you should return to the right lane as soon as it is safe to do so,” he said. “The left lane is not meant to be used as a ‘fast’ lane.” Drivers should not stay in an overtaking lane longer than it takes them to move out.

What are the rules for overtaking on the road?

Overtaking (rules 162 to 169) Rule 162. Before overtaking you should make sure. the road is sufficiently clear ahead. road users are not beginning to overtake you. there is a suitable gap in front of the road user you plan to overtake.

When should you not overtake on a motorway?

after a ‘No Overtaking’ sign and until you pass a sign cancelling the restriction. DO NOT overtake if there is any doubt, or where you cannot see far enough ahead to be sure it is safe. For example, when you are approaching the brow of a hill. DO NOT overtake where you might come into conflict with other road users. For example

What should you do when overtaking a large vehicle?

give motorcyclists, cyclists and horse riders at least as much room as you would when overtaking a car (see Rules 211 to 215 ). Large vehicles. Overtaking these is more difficult. You should drop back. This will increase your ability to see ahead and should allow the driver of the large vehicle to see you in their mirrors.

When passing a school bus you should stop for children?

Drive carefully and slowly when passing a stationary bus showing a ‘School Bus’ sign as children may be getting on or off. You MUST stop when a school crossing patrol shows a ‘Stop for children’ sign (see ‘ Signals by authorised persons ’ and ‘ Traffic signs ’).