Wednesday 25 April 2018

'It is more of an ambulance than a car' – Man has vehicle seized due to owing €16k in toll charges

Simon Parsons claims he doesn’t owe that much

Simon Parsons and Michelle Daly holding a letter they received before their car was seized by the Dublin County Sheriff for non payment of Tolls. Picture credit; Damien Eagers
Simon Parsons and Michelle Daly holding a letter they received before their car was seized by the Dublin County Sheriff for non payment of Tolls. Picture credit; Damien Eagers
Simon Parsons and Michelle Daly holding a letter they received before their car was seized by the Dublin County sheriff for non payment of Tolls. Picture credit; Damien Eagers
A letter Simon Parsons, from Tallaght received before his car was seized by the Dublin County sheriff for non payment of Tolls, also pictured are toll receipts. Picture credit; Damien Eagers
Simon Parsons and Michelle Daly holding a letter they received before their car was seized by the Dublin County sheriff for non payment of tolls. Picture credit: Damien Eagers
Michelle Daly and her boyfriend Simon Parsons who claims he doesn't owe €16,422.11 in toll charges
Amy Molloy

Amy Molloy

A man who had his car seized due to allegedly owing €16,422.11 in eFlow toll charges says he vomited when he realised what was happening.

In the early hours of Tuesday morning, Simon Parsons and his girlfriend were awoken to the sound of his Opel Astra being towed away outside his home in Balbriggan, Dublin.

Mr Parsons says the loss of his car has been devastating as he relies on it to transport his girlfriend around, who suffers from cerebral palsy.

He also claims that he “definitely does not owe that much”.

Simon Parsons and Michelle Daly holding a letter they received before their car was seized by the Dublin County sheriff for non payment of tolls. Picture credit: Damien Eagers
Simon Parsons and Michelle Daly holding a letter they received before their car was seized by the Dublin County sheriff for non payment of tolls. Picture credit: Damien Eagers

“Well the car is more of an ambulance than it is an actual car. I need it for my girlfriend to help bring her around,” Mr Parsons told Independent.ie.

“We heard voices outside and we thought it was the neighbours either coming back from the pub or after finishing a house party, and thought nothing of it.

Simon Parsons and Michelle Daly holding a letter they received before their car was seized by the Dublin County sheriff for non payment of Tolls. Picture credit; Damien Eagers
Simon Parsons and Michelle Daly holding a letter they received before their car was seized by the Dublin County sheriff for non payment of Tolls. Picture credit; Damien Eagers

“A few minutes later I heard a beeping noise so I looked out the window to find out what it was and my car was up on the back of a truck.”

Mr Parsons says he has all the receipts from his journeys on toll roads.

A letter Simon Parsons, from Tallaght received before his car was seized by the Dublin County sheriff for non payment of Tolls, also pictured are toll receipts. Picture credit; Damien Eagers
A letter Simon Parsons, from Tallaght received before his car was seized by the Dublin County sheriff for non payment of Tolls, also pictured are toll receipts. Picture credit; Damien Eagers

He has requested statements from eFlow to see if the time of the journeys matches his receipts.

He recently purchased the car from his girlfriend’s, mother’s partner and insists that there were no outstanding charges on the car.

“If I know I’m going to make two journeys on Friday, I’ll get them on Thursday night.  I always pay them at the local Applegreen or Spar stores.

“I definitely do not owe that much, there is no way. I couldn’t believe it was happening, I actually vomited when it happened. The previous owner had no charges on it either."

Since the incident happened, Mr Parsons has not returned to work as he is trying to resolve the matter.

He drives a van for a charity organisation in Balbriggan.

He says it is not the first time he has experienced issues with eFlow.

“I got a few letters in the door last year and they were saying that I was using the toll when I hadn’t gone through it at all.”

Mr Parsons claims that he is struggling to get to the root of the issue.

"Nobody seems to want to talk to me, they are either passing me around or talking down to me".

The mother of Simon’s girlfriend Michelle Daly (34) says that the car had her daughter’s disabled sticker on the front window and they have been trying to get it back since the car was towed away.

Speaking to Independent.ie, Rose Daly says the car is a lifeline for them.

“My daughter is disabled, she has cerebral palsy, and she depends on Simon driving her around.

“He has every receipt for every time he used the toll bridge. Michelle’s disabled sticker was in the car when they took it and they haven't returned it.”  

When contacted by Independent.ie, Dublin County Sheriff’s Office and eFlow said they could not comment on individual cases or confirm the incident happened.

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