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One of Belfast's many bus lanes

One of Belfast's many bus lanes

One of Belfast's many bus lanes

Parking fines, bus lane enforcement and on-street parking charges will restart on June 29.

Enforcement teams will be back on the streets to issue warning notices from June 22 to give people time to prepare and make motorists aware, Infrastructure Minister Nichola Mallon said.

She added: "With more restrictions being relaxed, more people returning to work and retailers now reopening, more and more people are on our roads and on our streets.

"It is important for economic recovery that we all support local businesses at this time, and as Minister for Infrastructure I must ensure that car parking spaces are available for anyone travelling to our town and city centres and that cars are parked safely.

"I know that these decisions may not be popular for some, but I have carefully considered the needs of all those using our roads before making my decision. I recognise the need to give people time to prepare and to make them aware of this change, which is why I have built in a seven-day warning period ahead of the reintroduction of parking charges.

"As shops reopen, we are seeing an increase in irresponsible parking and I would urge car users to park responsibly at all times and play their part as we all move towards returning to the new normal."

On-street parking charges and parking and bus lane enforcement were suspended on March 24 due to lockdown.

Belfast Telegraph