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Wednesday 25 April 2018

Toll charges at popular Dublin bridge set to fall after Revenue rules VAT should not be charged

Eastlink Bridge in Dublin
Eastlink Bridge in Dublin
Conor Feehan

Conor Feehan

Toll charges at the Eastlink Bridge in Dublin are set to fall after a ruling from Revenue that VAT should not be charged.

The result will see a 35c saving on each car journey, and a 95c saving for a four-axle truck.

Dublin City Council announced the news this morning, saying the new lower fares will come into effect next Friday, August 18.

"Following a ruling from the Revenue Commissioners confirming that VAT should not be charged on Tolls at the Tom Clarke Toll Bridge (Eastlink Bridge) Dublin City Council are pleased to announce that from Friday August 18 2017, VAT will be removed from all toll charges at this facility," the statement said.

A car journey toll will drop from 1.75 to €1.40; a van and bus toll will fall from €2.60 to €2.10; a two-axle toll will drop from €3.50 to €2.85.

For bigger trucks the toll of €4.30 for a three axle unit will fall to €3.50; and the four axle charge will come down to €4.25 from €5.20.

The bridge was developed by private enterprise, but came into the possession of Dublin City Council in 2015.

The removal of VAT from State-owned tolls comes as a result of decision from the European Court of Justice.

While motorists will see savings at the Tom Clarke Bridge the decision does not affect the charges at the Dublin Port Tunnel or the M50 barrier-free toll.

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