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Complaints as Translink buses use bike boxes

LINDA STEWART

Three people have complained to Translink about buses halting in cycle boxes at junctions, which are designed for cyclists' safety.

Regional Development Minister Danny Kennedy revealed that his department had received no complaints about illegal use of cycle boxes but Translink had received three complaints – two relating to Metro buses and one to an Ulsterbus.

Responding to an Assembly written question by north Antrim MLA Daithi McKay, he also said his department had received a number of queries about the usage and enforceability of cycle boxes.

Mr McKay said that if DRD and Translink are to lead on accommodating cycling on the roads, they must make sure that Translink drivers do the same.

"Many people think it's okay to park in cycle boxes and this lack of education needs to be addressed," he said.

Translink said it is running a special training course for bus drivers which "contains a training element on safe interaction with cyclists which was designed in collaboration with Sustrans".

The PSNI said there is a non-endorsable £30 fixed penalty for illegally stopping in a cycle box.

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