Exemptions - Blue Badge, Motorcycles, Taxi & Private Hire
Blue Badge holdersIf you have one, you can often park where others can't. Make sure you display your badge. Signs tell you exactly when and where. Always check the sign.
Loading boxes: Generally for up to three hours
Parking boxes: Generally for as long as you like
Red lines: You can stop on these to pick up and drop off people but you'll need to move on quickly
Taxi and Private Hire
Taxi drivers and private hire drivers can pick up and drop off passengers on most red routes, but if you are a private hire driver you'll need to display a red route exemption sticker as well as your private hire vehicle (PHV) licence, as this will tell Police, CCTV operators and other road users that you're allowed to do this. It also means that you'll avoid receiving a penalty charge.
The PHV operator you work for can apply for a red route exemption sticker for you, the stickers are free of charge and your operator just need to fill in the correct form and return this to us:
- Standard red route exemption sticker form (PDF 111KB)
- Fleet operator red route exemption sticker form (Excel)
- PHVs and Red Routes - Frequently asked questions (PDF 41KB)
Neither taxis nor PHVs can stop on the parts of the red route with a wide red line, pedestrian crossings or zigzags.
In most cases, taxis are permitted to use bus lanes but licensed PHVs are not. The driver may leave the vehicle to assist passengers getting to or from their destination.
PHV - You can also cross bus lanes to gain access to the kerbside to pick up or drop off passengers, but must leave the bus lane straight away.
Motorcycles and other vehicles in bus lanesWho can use a bus lane?
- Motorcycles (without side cars)
- Tricycles (non-motorised, motorised under 450kg, not with side cars)
- Buses which have a minimum of 10 seats (including the driver)
Drivers - Look out for motorcyclists in bus lanes, especially when turning out of or into a side road
Motorcyclists, cyclists and pedestrians - Look out for vehicles turning across bus lanes and remain visible when using bus lanes