Why don’t buses pull off the road?

Dick Taylor and Gerry Austin ask about the law governing transit buses stopping in the middle of a traffic lane on a two-lane road to discharge and board passengers.
Dick says he’s noticed this quite frequently on Jackson between Sedgwick and Mile Hill in South Kitsap. The Road Warrior saw the same thing one recent after just noth of Salmonberry Road.
The Road Warrior has gotten the official line on why this is from Kitsap Transit, but I haven’t heard from any bus drivers who live with it day to day. Can anyone shed some light on why some prefer to stop in the traffic lanes?


Dick Taylor asks, “What is the law governing transit buses stopping in the middle of
a traffic lane on a two-lane road to discharge and board passengers? I have
noticed this quite frequently on Jackson between Sedgwick and Mile Hill in
South Kitsap. I have gone through the Drivers Manual and can find on page
35 under General Rules: “Do not stop in travel lanes for any reason
(confusion, breakdown, letting out a passenger). Keep moving until you can
safely pull over.” On page 41, the last paragraph: “You must yield to any
transit vehicle (bus) that has signaled and is pulling back onto the
roadway.” They have the right of way to pull back into traffic, so why
don’t they pull over at the bus stops? There is room at the bus stops and
if there are areas where there isn’t, Kitsap Transit or the county should
make a pull out.
And Gerry K. Austin asks the same about worker-driver buses. “They pick people up every couple hundred yards, but don’t pull off the road when picking people up even though there is plenty of room, so it’s impossible to pass them without going into the other lane. They’ll hold up 10 or more cars… Is it legal to pass them when they’re stopped and picking someone up? Or is it legal to stop in the middle of the road when you’ve got 10 cars behind you?”

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