Access restrictions

The following chart summarises the road users authorised to access the Queensferry Crossing and Forth Road Bridge:

Road user Queensferry Crossing
(M90 Motorway)
Forth Road Bridge
(A9000)
General traffic (cars and HGVs)
Subject to normal motorway restrictions [1]
Buses [2] and taxis [3]
Agricultural vehicles
Subject to normal motorway restrictions [4]

Those not permitted to use the Queensferry Crossing [4]
Abnormal loads
Emergency vehicles
Vehicles carrying corrosive materials
Motorcycles more than 125cc
Only learners with a provisional licence under supervision of a certified direct access instructor.
Motorcycles of 50cc up to 125cc
Including learners
Motorcycles less than 50cc
Including learners
Pedestrians and cyclists
Using the dedicated footway and/or cycleway.
Dog walkers must keep dogs under control on a lead and remain on the footway.
Learner drivers cars and motorcycles


Learner car drivers accompanied by an approved driving instructor in a car fitted with dual controls.
No learner motorcyclists.


No learner car drivers. See above for permitted motorcycles.
Horses/horse drawn vehicles
There is no access to the footway and cycleway. Access to the carriageway is only by prior consent of the roads authority
[1]  

The traffic permitted to use motorways is set out in the Roads (Scotland) Act 1984.

Class I – Heavy and light locomotives, motor tractors, heavy motor cars, motor cars, motor cycles with engine capacity of not less than 50cc (which comply with requirements).

Class II – Motor vehicles and trailers conveying abnormal indivisible loads; motor vehicles and trailers constructed for naval, military, air force or other defence purposes; and certain construction and engineering vehicles (which comply with requirements).

The Class I and II requirements are detailed at: www.legislation.gov.uk/ukpga/1984/54/contents

[2]  

Buses including vehicles carrying more than 8 passengers for hire or reward that fall within the definition in the Public Passenger Vehicles Act 1981: www.legislation.gov.uk/ukpga/1981/14/contents

[3]  

Taxis include private hire vehicles.

[4]  

Agricultural vehicles include tractors, tractors towing loaded trailers and other agricultural vehicles such as combine harvesters (on trailers or crossing under their own power).

Agricultural vehicles permitted to use the Queensferry Crossing are covered by Classes I or II in Schedule 3 of the Roads (Scotland) Act 1984 and are subject to normal motorway restrictions: www.legislation.gov.uk/ukpga/1984/54/contents

Agricultural vehicles are permitted to use the Forth Road Bridge without the prior consent of the roads authority if they:
a) are not permitted to use the Queensferry Crossing; and
b) fall within the definition and provisions relating to agricultural motor vehicles set out in section 3 of The Road Vehicles (Construction and Use) Regulations 1986: www.legislation.gov.uk/uksi/1986/1078/contents/made

Agricultural vehicles that do not conform with The Road Vehicles (Construction and Use) Regulations 1986 may be permitted to use the Forth Road Bridge but only with the prior consent of the roads authority.