13/05/2015

CCTV Cameras To Be Installed To Prevent Drivers Using Bus Lanes

CCTV enforcement cameras are to be positioned at six points around Belfast to prevent drivers illegally using bus lanes.

The Department for Regional Development has now been permitted to deal with an infringement as a civil offence. The Department will use a network of six static cameras in Belfast and a mobile detection unit to monitor vehicles using bus lanes.
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Transport Minister Danny Kennedy said: "The enforcement measures are aimed squarely at the drivers who illegally use bus lanes to jump queues and cut across traffic. These drivers can be a hazard to themselves, other road users, cyclists and pedestrians. They can also delay the progress of passengers opting to use our sustainable public transport service."

A mobile detection vehicle which can be deployed in Belfast and towns where bus lanes are used will also come into service.

The sites are at Castle Street, East Bridge Street, Donegall Square East, Donegall Square South, Great Victoria Street and College Street East.

During the first three weeks after the system becomes operational a driver who is detected committing an offence will receive a written warning. Offences detected after the 21 June will result in the issue of a Penalty Charge Notice (PCN).

The cost of a PCN will be £90 reduced to £45 if paid within a 14 day period. (CD)

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