Wednesday 26 October 2016

Almost 60 cars seized last year after drivers failed to pay M50 tolls

Geraldine Gittens

Published 11/07/2016 | 19:03

The M50 motorway
The M50 motorway

Some 59 cars, jeeps and vans were seized last year following drivers’ failure to pay their M50 tolls.

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BMWs, Mercedes Benz cars, Volkswagen Passats, Ford Transit vans were all among the vehicles seized by sherrifs last year.

The average bill owed to the state by these motorists was €28,627 in 2015.

And the average number of tolls unpaid each year by these repeat offenders is 189.

Transport Infrastructure Ireland said today that Eflow, the State-owned operator, sees 97pc compliance on payments.

Less than one per cent of drivers accounted for over 35pc of all unpaid M50 tolls domestically in 2015, it said.

The newest element of eFlow’s enforcement process has been the use of criminal summons, which, when applied can subject evaders to additional court fines of up to €25,000.

In April 2015, a 2007 BMW, with a decree value of €10,706.20, was seized in the Blackrock area.

A 2008 Ford Transit van with a decree value of €5,156.91 was also among the vehicles seized last year.

While a 2005 BMW 320, with a decree  value of €9,648.70, was seized in the Shankill area last year.

Last September, a 2006 Toyota Avensis, with a decree value of €15,724.80, was seized in the Clondalkin area.

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