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New clamping and removal scheme launched for Belfast bus lanes and urban clearways

The scheme was launched yesterday. Picture by PA

MOTORISTS who park illegally on the main routes into and out of the Belfast risk having their vehicles clamped and taken away.

Those caught out will also face a penalty charge notice as well as additional payments to have their vehicle released.

Details of the new scheme were launched yesterday by the Department for Infrastructure.

Ciarán de Búrca, Department for Infrastructure Director of Transport Projects said: "Vehicles parked in urban clearway routes and bus lanes during operational hours cause significant delays and congestion for commuters and other road users, particularly during the morning and evening peak traffic hours.

"For drivers who choose to ignore urban clearway and bus lane regulations, this specially designed enforcement vehicle will carry out the removal and clamping of illegally parked vehicles leaving main routes unobstructed during these key times and allowing other road users to continue on their journeys without the unnecessary delay caused.

"The department would urge drivers to give consideration to other road users and park legally at all times.

"This helps traffic to flow more freely, improves reliability and journey times for public transport services and reduces traffic congestion and the associated environmental pollution."

The department also said there will be a two week warning period when drivers caught parking illegally will be issued with a warning notice.

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