Bus lanes

There are bus lanes on strategic routes throughout the city. The only vehicles allowed to use the bus lanes are buses, taxis, private licensed hire vehicles and bicycles.

Signs ahead of a bus lane show the times when it is in operation. Outwith these times, any vehicle can use the bus lane. The bus lane on Auchmill Road is operational 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

The main objectives are to improve traffic flow, journey times, encourage the use of public transport, and improve air quality in the city. Fixed and mobile cameras will be used to enforce bus lanes.

    Motorists caught driving illegally in Aberdeen's bus lanes can expect a £60 Penalty Charge Notice (PCN), reduced to £30 if paid within 14 days.

    As per Scottish Government legislation any monies received from bus lane enforcement must be allocated towards achieving Aberdeen City Council's objectives and policies relating to the Local Transport Strategy (LTS).

    Bus gates

    Bus gates are located on Broad Street, Bedford Road, Dubford Road and the Lang Stracht. The bus gates are operational 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Only buses may pass through a bus gate, except Dubford Road which is also open to taxis. Any other vehicle will receive a PCN.


    If you wish to appeal a PCN you must do so within 28 days of it being issued. The grounds under which an appeal may be made are listed on the PCN and you must also submit a signed declaration (included in the PCN) for your appeal to be considered. You should send your appeal to:

    Aberdeen City Council
    Parking Appeals
    PO Box 1050
    AB12 9EW

    Recovery of an unpaid bus lane charge

    Do not ignore a PCN, it may carry additional penalties if it is not paid (or contested) promptly.

    • If payment remains outstanding 28 days after it has been issued, or after an appeal or representation has been refused, Aberdeen City Council may issue a Charge Certificate increasing the penalty by a further 50% of the original charge.
    • After a Charge Certificate has been issued and the penalty charge remains unpaid it may be passed to the Aberdeen City Council's debt recovery agent for further action. At this stage additional fees may be added above the sum owe to the council. At this stage recovery is no longer in the hands of ACC. Any communication should be made to the Sheriff Officer who will issue a payment demand.

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