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It looks like gardaí have started handing out tickets on one of Dublin’s busiest junctions

Motorists were witnessed being issued with fines earlier today.

20151019_160103 Where gardaí have been positioned in recent weeks Source: Daragh Brophy/TheJournal.ie

IT LOOKS LIKE motorists passing through one of Dublin’s busiest intersections are going to start being hit with fines.

College Green, which has been undergoing work to facilitate the Luas Cross City development, does not allow private cars to pass through.

The traffic corridor is reserved for buses and taxis.

Previously a member of the gardaí had been positioned just before the checkpoint (shown above) to divert the public back in the direction they had come. 

20151019_160227 Gardaí pulling cars over earlier today Source: Daragh Brophy/TheJournal.ie

The position of gardaí has now been moved to within the zone that motorists are not allowed to enter, with them being stopped and diverted back around to Westmoreland Street.

Speaking on RTÉ’s Liveline programme with Joe Duffy earlier today, taxi driver Martin Duffy said that gardaí had been issuing tickets to motorists who had taken a wrong turn off of Dame Street.

“This morning I was going through and there was no garda there but when I got to the other side of Dame Street where it faces Trinity College they had a couple of cars pulled in and they seemed to be giving out tickets,” he said.

20151019_160321 Drivers being issued with tickets on College Green Source: Daragh Brophy/TheJournal.ie

Fines are thought to be around €80, in line with what fixed charge notices generally are.

Gardaí have said that all breaches of the road traffic act are dealt with under fixed-charged notice scheme.

Traffic restrictions in the area had initially only been in place for rush hour traffic but were extended in August to be in operation from 7am to 7pm on weekdays.

With reporting by Daragh Brophy 

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