Hundreds of motorists defycity centre road restrictions
hundreds of motorists are ignoring the College Green driving restrictions that prevent private cars and vehicles from driving in the area during rush hour.
Gardai have stepped up their presence in the Dublin 2 area as part of the clampdown on private vehicles in the city centre.
As of the end of last week 306 drivers were caught attempting to breach the so-called 'bus gate' ban in place in College Green.
A fine of €60 is the penalty for breaching the bus lane regulation and anyone who attempts to use the lane when the ban is in place will face this fine.
The ban restricts private vehicles from accessing the College Green bus lanes early in the morning and during rush hour evening traffic and has been in place for five years.
But another restriction is currently in place 24-hours-a-day for the next three months due to roadworks relating to the Luas.
Meanwhile, 16 vehicles have been seized by gardai during the bus corridor operation for offences relating to tax, insurance and NCT.
Just this week gardai seized a car from a repeat offender for having no tax or insurance discs displayed.
The same vehicle was seized six weeks ago but the problem was not addressed when the car was released from the impound.
A significant garda presence has been in place early in the mornings and evenings during the past week to prevent private vehicles using the bus lanes, prompted by road works in the area.
Only one lane is available to cars and buses going north to Westmoreland Street in front of the Bank of Ireland on College Green to facilitate the Luas works.
The works have been ongoing for a month and are set to continue until at least September. Drivers have been told that a garda presence can be expected until then to enforce the bus lane rules.
Motorists have been advised to avoid the area and those travelling north are being diverted.
The bus lane is closed to private drivers between 7am and 10 am in the mornings and between 4pm and 7pm in the evenings during the week.
A garda spokesman appealed to drivers to heed the regulations in place in the area and avoid picking up a fine.