Huge fine can be racked up in six months
Published 10/12/2011 | 05:00
IT is surprisingly easy for regular users of Dublin's M50 to rack up €50,000 in fines and penalties, if they refuse to pay the toll.
Cash customers must pay the €3 toll by 8pm the day after the journey. If they don't, an additional charge of €3 applies, meaning that trip has now cost €6.
They then have 14 days to pay these charges. If that deadline is not met, an extra late penalty of €39.50 is charged to the account. That brings the bill to €45.50.
And then, if a driver sits on the penalties and does nothing for another 56 days, a further €98 is added. That brings the bill to €143.50.
If that's unpaid, legal proceedings are taken.
The €50,000 in fines and penalties is made up of just 348 trips.
A driver using the road twice a day, every day, would incur this massive bill in less than six months.