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£450k Belfast bus lane fines issued in three months - notorious road continues to bemuse Belfast drivers

By Jonny Bell

Belfast's notorious Donegall Square East bus lane continues to bemuse motorists, latest government statistics suggest as it was revealed almost £450,000 in fines were issued across the city in the first three months of the year.

Motorists were issued with 1,786 fines totalling over £160,000 for trespassing in the notorious bus lane between January and March, accounting for over a third of all those issued in the city.

The Great Victoria Street, College Square East and Donegall Square South lanes also attracted large numbers of fines. Only two were issued on the Woodstock Road, the location of the smallest amount of fines.

In total from January to March this year, 4,894 fines were issued in the city for bus lane offences.

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That would have totalled almost £450,000 in fines, although those that pay up within 14 days do get the penalty halved.

Elsewhere, the figures reveal there were 20,502  notices issued for on-street parking offences, over 40% in Belfast.

And 8,396 notices were issued for off-street parking offences. Fermanagh and Omagh council area was the area with the highest, and Antrim and Newtownabbey council the lowest.

 

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