The intersections in question is where Government St splits off from Douglas St. (Victoria, BC, Canada) I have to use this intersection every day on my way to work and have witnessed several near-misses when drivers take unexpected actions. I have built a diagram (below) of what seems to be the most popular doctrine regarding the intersection: Intersection Diagram

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    There are 4 lanes. The right lane (1) is a bus lane. The left lane (4) is marked 'turn left'. So If you are swerving from lane (3), the unmarked 'straight ahead' lane, across traffic on lane (2), which is not marked 'turn right', to the Government St exit you do not have right of way. (Note: looked on Google Street View). Oct 16, 2023 at 18:40
  • @WeatherVane, So you're suggesting the second option is correct, except only busses should be using the right-most lane to turn? Oct 16, 2023 at 18:43
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    I am suggesting the third picture is proper usage, which is the first of the two pictures marked up with cyan coloured routes. Your markings don't seem to consider that there are 4 lanes. You can only use lane 1, the bus lane, immediately before the exit. The bus lane breaks there so that traffic can cross it. Oct 16, 2023 at 18:45
  • Okay thank you! - I should have included "A" and "B" annotations. There are only 3 lanes there. Oct 16, 2023 at 18:47
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    It doesn't really make any difference whether there is a bus lane. The innermost traffic lane is not required to exit, therefore traffic in the next lane does not have any right of way to exit. Oct 16, 2023 at 19:13

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I believe that the relevant regulation is:

British Columbia Regulation 26/58 42.02 (Motor Vehicle Act Regulations: Rules for use of high occupancy lanes)

(2)A driver of a vehicle that is not a high occupancy vehicle must not use a high occupancy vehicle lane except if necessary

(a)to make a right turn from the lane, at the first intersection where the turn is permitted, to access a highway intersecting the lane or premises adjacent to the lane,

(b)to make a right turn from an intersecting highway or premises adjacent to the lane, at the first intersection where the turn is permitted, to access the highway in which the lane is situated, or

(c)to merge into an adjacent lane for the purposes of paragraph (b).

It probably needs to be linked to other regulations. I suspect there's one that says you need to turn right from the closest lane unless marked, which I bet this location isn't.

  • Thank you! The main question to solve is whether "you need to turn right from the closest lane unless marked". I'll see if I can find some thing on it. Oct 20, 2023 at 16:44
  • You know, I've contacted ICBC (with the same question and diagram)... they told me they're not willing to give me any advice. And I've contacted 7 different city departments (again with the same info) and I've been forwarded to people I've already asked... I've been told to ask the police to enforce traffic there more... like that bloody helps, and I've been told to petition the city planner of some govt. body if I think the intersection is missing signage. Oct 20, 2023 at 17:03
  • @CameronCritchlow That's nuts. It might help if you can find accident statistics for the area. That sometimes will prod a government to do something.
    – mkennedy
    Oct 20, 2023 at 17:34

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