Sign of the week: Reserved lane

Sign of the Week is a weekly feature here on the SenSen Driving School blog that demystifies some common head-scratching signs you’ll see as a driver.


If you see a big white diamond painted on the road, then it is a reserved lane. If it is a reserved lane, there will be plenty of signs accompanying these lanes from the side of the road or up above.

You have to be careful because not all reserved lanes are created equal. They are very specific as to what types of cars or buses or high occupancy vehicles can drive in them.

Some examples of reserved lanes include:

  • Buses only
  • Buses and bikes only
  • Buses and cars with 2 or more people
  • Bikes only
  • HOVs or electric vehicles

Sometimes these signs have time restrictions. Others are only reserved during rush hour. Broadway, for example, has a reserved lane just for buses between 3 p.m. and 6 p.m.

Stay sharp. Stay aware. Make sure you don’t find yourself in one of these reserved lanes if you don’t qualify. Police officers will have every right to ticket you.


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