Thursday 22 February 2018

Luxury vehicles seized for failing to pay the M50 toll

One serial offender had to pay more than €16,000 after 1,200 trips through toll

Rush hour on the M50 Photo: Arthur Carron
Rush hour on the M50 Photo: Arthur Carron
Paul Melia

Paul Melia

LUXURY vehicles including BMWs, Audis and Mercedes Benz have been seized for failing to pay the M50 toll.

New figures from Transport Infrastructure Ireland (TII) show that one serial offender who was prosecuted had to make a payment of more than €16,000 after making over 1,200 trips on the toll road, and had their vehicle seized on foot of a civil judgement against them.

In another case last year, a serial offender had to pay District Court Claim Notice for €12,167.

The figures show that 170 vehicles have been seized to date, with 65 taken last year alone.

While 97pc of motorists who use the road pay, some refuse to do so even if they travel up to four times a day.

"While we are pleased that the overall compliance rate on the toll road has been stable and has marginally improved in the past couple of years to over 97pc, there still remains a very small minority of motorists who use the toll road on a regular basis - in some cases three to four times a day - without paying,” a TII spokesman said.

“These people are needlessly ending up in court and putting themselves at risk of incurring a criminal conviction, or having the debt registered against them as well as having their vehicle seized by the sheriff.

"We are urging these people to contact eFlow in order to resolve their case before it gets to court."

One offender had to clear a civil debt registered against them by TII in order to be able to obtain a loan from a financial institution.

Earlier this year, a 2007 registered Skoda was seized and the defendant had to pay over €15,000 when they refused to engage and deal with the matter.

TII said the defendant thought that by 'refusing service' of legal proceedings they would avoid prosecution, but following a sub-service application through the courts the legal proceedings were duly served and a decree was sent to the sheriff.

Among the luxury motors seized include a 2008 BMW X5 jeep taken in the Castleknock area on foot of a decree obtained in the Courts for over €12,000. The bill was paid in full.

A 142 Nissan Juke was seized on foot of a decree obtained in the courts for over €13,000, which was again paid in full, as was a bill for more than €13,000 from the owner of a 2009 Mercedes Benz also seized.

In this case, the motorist agreed a settlement with the sheriff’s office and also paid TII for other outstanding tolls and penalties owed.

TII also said a 2012 Audi A6 was seized in the Dublin area on foot of a decree obtained in the courts for over €5,000.  The defendant paid the decree in full, along with the sheriff’s costs.

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