Sunday 20 May 2018

Good news for motorists as free-flow toll tag dispute is resolved

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Denise Calnan

Denise Calnan

Motorists can breathe a sigh of relief as a dispute which threatened the use of free-flow toll tags for some of Ireland's roads has been resolved.

Transport Minister Shane Ross welcomed the successful renewal of eFlow arrangements with the Celtic Roads Group.

This outcome means that eFlow toll tags will continue to be accepted at toll points on the M1 near Drogheda, the M7/M8 near Portlaoise and the N25 Waterford City Bypass after 31 August.

The dispute between Celtic Roads Group, which operates three tolled roads, and Transport Infrastructure Ireland (TII), which owns the tag provider eFlow, looked set to result in drivers being unable to use their free-flow tags at three particular tolls.

Motorists would have been forced to stop and pay at toll booths instead of using the express lane.

Both groups had failed to reach an agreement on a new contract to cover the cost of processing toll payments before a resolution was made on Friday afternoon.

”The contractual arrangements relating to toll tag interoperability are entirely matters for TII and are commercially sensitive," Minister Ross said.

"It was the case that unless agreement was reached, with effect from 31st August eFlow's tags would no longer be accepted at toll points on M1 near Drogheda, M7/M8 near Portlaoise and the N25 Waterford City Bypass. Tags from other providers at those toll points were not affected.“

“Negotiations between eFlow and Celtic Roads Groups have been ongoing for some time and I am pleased to say that a satisfactory agreement has now been reached between the parties. 

"This is good news for road users and it means eFlow tags will continue to be recognised at all toll points across the country. “

He added: “Toll tag interoperability in practical terms means that a toll tag issued by one operator is recognised by all toll operators and this is a major benefit to motorists. 

"The good news is that from 31 August, eFlow tags will continue to be accepted at CRG toll plazas. Motorists who have changed their tag from eFlow to another operator are not affected. There is no cost associated with switching tag providers and all toll tag providers charge a monthly fee."

Celtic Road Groups also released a statement this evening, which reads: "CRG is pleased to confirm that it has reached an agreement with TII/eFlow to retain their service at the CRG plazas at the M1 south of Drogheda, M7/M8 south of Portlaoise and the N25 west of the Thomas Francis Meagher Bridge.

"CRG is very pleased to inform all drivers that they will continue to experience normal service at our plazas without the disruption that was feared."

There are currently 11 tolled roads in Ireland.

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