Motorcycle in bus lane consultation proves popular

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Government proposals on whether motorcycles should be allowed to use bus lanes more widely have received over 11,000 responses in the first month of the consultation, which forms part of its ‘Plan for Drivers.’ As part of this, the Department for Transport launched a consultation on whether motorcycles should be allowed access to bus lanes by default, as is the case for pedal cyclists.

The DfT says there has been strong enthusiasm from motorcycle users on the proposal – with many welcoming what it says is the ‘long-overdue consideration of the needs of motorcyclists.’

Following the conclusion of the consultation on 9 June, the Department for Transport will use the responses to consider whether to take forward policy change to allow motorcycles in bus lanes by default. Roads Minister Guy Opperman said: “Our Plan for Drivers is not just improving journeys for car users, but also motorcyclists, who have sometimes been overlooked. We’re getting on and delivering our plan to make life for drivers – and motorbike riders alike – better, fairer and cheaper, and I am glad the consultation has already seen such a significant response.”