NSW introduces new bus route rules

The state is introducing new rules to ensure bus routes aren’t blocked by parked cars

NSW introduces new bus route rules
The new rules will make bus routes and lanes safer and clearer

The New South Wales government is implementing new rules that give bus drivers a clearer run on their routes without the interruption of parked cars.

The new rules announced by Transport for NSW (TfNSW) encourage the towing of vehicles that are illegally parked in bus zones.

TfNSW deputy secretary Tara McCarthy says vehicles parked in bus zones present problems for bus drivers and obstructs their efficiency and safety.

"The changes will improve passenger safety when boarding and disembarking buses," McCarthy says.

"This is especially important for passengers with mobility issues, children, the elderly and parents with strollers.

"It will also help bus services run on time and as smoothly as possible."

The state government has made regulatory amendments to the Road Transport (General) Regulation 2021 act, meaning bus zones are now a prescribed place for the purposes of tow away provisions.

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"The new regulatory changes will also reduce operational costs when dealing with vehicles illegally left in bus zones," McCarthy says.

"Previously it’s taken up to six weeks to get a vehicle removed from a bus zone, even when it’s unregistered."

TfNSW there were 564 reports of vehicles parked in bus stops over the past year in NSW.

A grace period of two months is in place before the regulatory change is enforced.

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