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Fixed Penalty Notice for driving in bus lane in Northern Ireland

  • 27-04-2022 5:32pm
    Registered Users Posts: 2,559 ✭✭✭

    I live in the South and yes it was me, i'd pulled over into the bus lane outside the Europa Hotel where I was staying in Belfast, to see whether there was space to jump out and find where the parking for the hotel was.

    I looked at the evidence and it was me, but what can they do if I live in the South?

    I'm inclined not to pay as I'm rarely up there.

    Can I make a representation saying I'd only pulled into it to look at the parking for the hotel?


  • Registered Users Posts: 1,697 ✭✭✭ronaneire

    You could always appeal it?

  • Registered Users Posts: 1,705 ✭✭✭BeardySi

    You can try and appeal that you were only stopping to look for parking, but I doubt it'd get you anywhere.

    As for whether you should pay it, that's down to you really. I believe if it goes unpaid long enough there'll be an enforcement order out against the vehicle and you could wind up clamped or pulled over. Lots of fixed ANPR up here and PSNI vehicles all have it so you'd potentially be flagged as soon as you pass a camera.

  • Registered Users Posts: 2,559 ✭✭✭Skill Magill

    I've appealled and see what happens, thanks guys, I'll let you know what comes of it

  • Registered Users Posts: 1,397 ✭✭✭AlanG

    Out of interest was the evidence from a fixed traffic camera or a police officer? Do they have enforcement cameras monitoring the bus lanes?

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  • Registered Users Posts: 168 ✭✭9320

    It's a fixed camera as far as I'm aware and is renowned in Belfast - think it caught a load of people first few months.

    Yep - as I thought

    The Hotel's website advises that parking is two minutes away

    Valet car parking is not currently available at the Europa Hotel due to Government Guidelines for Covid-19. For car parking the Value Car Parks is situated on Grosvenor Road (two minutes walk) which offers discounted parking rates for our guests. For more information click here or please call +44(0) 28 9027 1066.

  • Registered Users Posts: 2,559 ✭✭✭Skill Magill

    Ended up paying the fine before they started doubling the price. Will let the Europa hotel know too for a giggle.

    I did appeal but was told you were in a bus lane end of

    Ah well