250 fines in one week for speeding... by bike on the pedestrian zone: "we will triple our checks"

There is a certain traffic code for pedestrian zones, as is the case in the center of Brussels. And this Tuesday, our colleagues from Evening reveal that rolling machines such as bicycles and scooters rarely take into account the regulations limiting speed to 6 km/h.

Over the year 2021, more than 1,000 minutes were drawn up for this purpose, but this is not enough for the principal inspector David Stevens, head of the bicycle brigade of the Brussels-Ixelles police. “As we no longer have to control the cars, this year we will triple our speed controls. By the end of the year, I hope to reach 3,000 PVs drawn up. We also pay attention to the red lights being burned. We We are also going to carry out checks on the side of the Chaussée d’Ixelles, which has also become pedestrianized. Complaints are starting to reach us”, he reveals to Evening.

In fact, controls have increased. So since Wednesday, 250 PV have been drawn up for speeding cyclists. An offense observed… by eye. “We cannot determine if a cyclist is traveling at 7 km/h rather than 6. We base ourselves on behavior. If the cyclist puts other users in danger, we intercept him.”

This increase in fines should bring a small windfall to the State, since the fine still amounts to 147 euros, and the case can be closed in court if the reckless cyclist deigns to contest. “The problem is not related to knowledge of the highway code. It’s just a lack of courtesy, common sense and respect for each other”concludes David Stevens at Evening.

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