FINES for Belfast drivers beating congestion by using bus lanes come into full force today.
The congested streets will be monitored by fixed cameras and a seventh roving camera on the move to catch drivers illegally using bus lanes to jump queues and cut across traffic.
Regional Development Minister Danny Kennedy said the crackdown included a simple message for Belfast’s motorists.
“At the beginning of June I introduced measures to reduce the number of drivers illegally using bus lanes,” he said.
“To help drivers realise that if they ignored the restrictions they would risk a fine I applied a three-week warning period when offenders would receive a warning letter. That warning period has now ended.
“The advice is simple: observe the bus lane restriction and avoid the likelihood of a fine.”
The £90 fines for abusing bus lanes will be reduced to £45 if paid within 14 days and drivers will have the right to appeal a penalty.
Cameras will be fixed in Belfast city centre at Castle Street, East Bridge Street, Donegall Square East, Donegall Square South, Great Victoria Street and College Street East.