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Traffic fines

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Free-flowing traffic is essential for a well-functioning public transport network. That’s why obstructing De Lijn’s services in its vehicles, stops or public areas is punishable with an administrative fine.

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Where does De Lijn’s power to book violations of the rules come from?

De Lijn inspectors are authorised to record certain violations of the highway code. In addition, they can book people who travel without a ticket or behave antisocially or dangerously. De Lijn can impose an administrative fine for such violations.

How can I recognise an inspector?

  • You can tell a De Lijn inspector from his or her grey uniform and Vigilis logo. There are also local ticket checking officers in Antwerp who are allowed to check tickets;
  • they also have an identification card. 

Can a De Lijn inspector ask for proof of my identity?

  • A De Lijn inspector (like the police) has the power to check passengers’ identity. 
  • This is allowed, for example, when named tickets (such as a travel pass) are being checked, or when someone is found travelling without a ticket or misbehaving in vehicles, at stops or in public areas of the Vlaamse Vervoermaatschappij. 
  • If a passenger is unable or unwilling to prove his or her identity, the police are called. 
  • If necessary, an inspector may use physical force to restrain someone.
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Bookings for traffic offences

I’ve been fined for parking at a bus stop

  • Parking at a stop is antisocial. It obstructs De Lijn's service, holds up the traffic and creates a dangerous situation for passengers who want to get on or off. If a bus is unable to use a stop, passengers getting on or off may be hit by a motorcyclist or moped user passing between the bus and the pavement.
  • Parking at a De Lijn stop is a violation of Art. 64 Par. 3 of the Flemish Government Decree concerning the operation and rates of the VVM. 

How is parking at a stop booked?

De Lijn inspectors are invested with the authority to record violations. If this happens, their statement is all that is required. 

My driveway or garage joins the road at a bus stop. Can I park at the stop? 


Parking at a stop is never allowed. You can of course park on your driveway or in your garage.

I’ve been fined for obstructing De Lijn's services through illegal use of a bus lane or a special track-crossing zone. 

Bus lanes and special track-crossing zones are there to keep public transport flowing. There are three exceptions:

  • You may use a bus lane to turn off at the next junction.   
  • You may cross a bus lane or special track-crossing zone to enter or leave a property.
  • You may briefly use a bus lane or special track-crossing zone to avoid an obstacle in the carriageway. You must return to the carriageway after doing so. Using a bus lane to overtake a traffic queue is not allowed: it is regarded as antisocial behaviour and will be booked as such.
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Appealing

I want to appeal against a fine.

You can do so. Read more about the appeal procedure.

De Lijn is both the judge and a party to the case.

  • In order to relieve the police courts of a considerable administrative burden, it has been given the power to collect fines.
  • Strict separation is maintained between the service that issues violation reports and the service that imposes fines. 
  • If your appeal to De Lijn has been rejected, you can contact the Flemish Ombudsman. 

De Lijn will fine you 107 euros for parking at a stop, compared with 58 euros if you are booked by the police.

  • Some violations of the Flemish Government Decree concerning the operation and rates of the VVM may also be deemed to be violations of the highway code under certain conditions. Parking at a stop is an example.
  • Parking at a bus stop is a first-degree violation. The fine that is collected immediately is 58 euros, but a court may impose a fine of 80 to 2,000 euros. In addition, many police court judges regard parking at a stop as a second-degree offence because it creates a dangerous situation for passengers getting off a bus. In this case, the immediately collected fine is 116 euros, and a court may impose a fine of 160 to 2,000 euros and a driving ban.
  • Unlike the fines after a police booking, De Lijn's fine level for violations of the highway code does not increase. It is held at 107 euros – the same rate as a first fine, for instance for fare evasion. This amount corresponds to the cost of a three-month travel pass.

I’ve been booked by both the police and De Lijn. What will happen?

  • In this case, the De Lijn booking will be dropped.
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