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500 drivers a day fined for using Chaussée d'Ixelles
Drivers are generating more than €25,000 a day in fines by ignoring a ban on daytime traffic on the Chaussée d'Ixelles, it has emerged.
In an average day, 500 vehicles are caught by number-plate scanning cameras using the "semi-pedestrian" street, which since July is limited to bikes, buses, delivery vehicles and residents' access between 7.00 and 19.00.
"Some days there are 320 offences, other days there are 700," said Bertrand de Buisseret, the Ixelles official in charge of traffic fines. "It fluctuates, but there are really a lot."
De Buisseret insists that the road signs are clear. The municipality has organised a series of meetings with local residents and traders to assess how the traffic ban is going so far.
Drivers who use the Chaussée d'Ixelles during the restricted hours face a fine of €58 - but there is an appeals procedure if a good reason can be given for flouting the ban. Residents and business-owners with a pass can still use the street.
"The goal isn't to make money," added de Buisseret. "It's to ensure the area is more peaceful."