“The Brussels LEZ is not optimally indicated on various access roads, so some people unwittingly break the rules,” Brussels MP Bianca Debaets said, Bruzz reports.
But out of the thousands of fines issued, only 27 appeals have been lodged with authorities by residents who said the LEZ’s restrictions were not properly indicated by road signs.
Practical problems, such as the placement of the LEZ road signs in some parts of Brussels, also mean some motorists cannot avoid getting a fine, Debaets argued.
“I am thinking, for example, of the Avenue de l’Arbre Ballon, between Wemmel and Jette near UZ Brussels [university hospital],” she said. “When you see the road sign, it’s too late to turn back.”
Difference between different cities’ LEZ regulations, decentralised management of the country’s roads and the high rate of motorists from Flanders and Wallonia driving daily to or through Brussels could also explain the high number of fines.
Debaets said that clear road signs should be placed outside of Brussels’ regional territory to make motorists aware of the regulations in the capital region.