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Revealed: Mercedes, Land Rover and Lexus among cars seized from motorist over large M50 toll bills


Stock image. Photo: Mark Condren.

Stock image. Photo: Mark Condren.

Stock image. Photo: Mark Condren.

A Lexus, a Land Rover Range Rover, a Mercedes Benz CLS and an Audi A5 are just four models of cars that were seized from motorists who last year racked up large bills concerning the non-payment on M50 tolls.

That is according to new figures from Transport Infrastructure Ireland (TII) which show that 94 vehicles were seized by the Dublin Sheriff for the first 10 months of last year from motorists who had not paid off their M50 bills.

This compares to 30 vehicles for the same period in 2020 - an increase of 213pc.

A spokesman for TII said on Friday that the outstanding M50 bills where the sheriff seized vehicles for the first 10 months of last year range from €5,000 to €15,000.

Those bills have to be paid off before motorists can reclaim their cars from the sheriff.

Some other car models seized last year include a BMW 640, a Kia Sportage, a BMW 520, a Ford Kuga, a Toyota Landcruiser and a Nissan Qashqai.

The TII spokesman said: “The seizing of cars is the final act in a series of opportunities for people to rectify the situation, but when a judgement is made that is it.

He said: “Enforcement is about fairness for the 97.3% of the people who abide by the rules and there is a process for owners to reclaim cars after agreements on payments are reached.”

He pointed out: "The M50 eflow barrier free tolling enforcement programme is overseen by Pierse Fitzgibbon (PF) Solicitors and emphasise the commitment to fairness on behalf of the 97.3% of road users who pay their toll, making the compliance rate one of the best in the world.

“Unfortunately, there are a minority of cases that are not resolved during the process and end up before a judge. After a ruling a sub-set of those cases require the involvement of the sheriff.

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The confirmation of the large rise in vehicle seizures from those dodging M50 tolls and subsequent penalties last year comes as the former operator of the M50 toll, Emovis confirmed that in accounts that its Irish revenues only decreased by 8 per cent from €25.4m to €23.37m in spite of Covid-19 lockdowns in 2020.

Total toll revenues on the M50 - which go to the State - reduced by 23 per cent from €158.4m in 2019 to €121.6m in 2020.

The Annual Average Daily Traffic (AADT) for the M50 eFlow toll in 2020 was 109,150 trips, a reduction of 28pc on 2019 levels.

In 2020, there were 948 incidents on the M50 that included 363 traffic collisions.

The TII spokesman explained that the bulk of the payments by TII to the operator of the M50 toll are made of overhead and operational payments and only a smaller percentage relates to the number of cars that go through the toll.

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