HAULIERS will not have to pay tolls on some motorways next month, as part of efforts to increase the numbers of heavy goods vehicles on the network.
The Department of Transport has decided to make the M1, M3, M6 and Limerick Tunnel toll-free for November, with the State paying the tolls to private operators.
The move comes because of concerns about the high numbers of HGVs using local and regional roads to avoid tolls.
These roads are not designed to carry HGVs, which can weigh up to 40 tonnes, and there are also road safety concerns.
Transport Minister Leo Varadkar last night said he was "concerned" about the use of local roads, which was adding to wear and tear of the national network. The cost to the State is not yet known.