Tuesday 28 January 2020

Toll road delays loom for motorists as eFlow impasse continues

(Stock picture)
(Stock picture)

Paul Melia

Motorists face delays on some of the country's busiest roads as the row between a state agency and a tolled road operator looks set to result in drivers being unable to use their free-flow tags.

The Celtic Roads Group (CRG), which operates three tolled roads, and Transport Infrastructure Ireland (TII), which owns the tag provider eFlow, have so far failed to reach agreement on a new contract to cover the cost of processing toll payments.

Unless there is a settlement, eFlow tags will no longer work from 11am on August 31 next at the M1 near Drogheda, the M7 near Portlaoise, and the N25 in Waterford.

Drivers with eFlow tags fitted to their cars can use the express lanes of any tolled motorway across the State, meaning they do not have to pay using cash at the toll booths.

CRG and eFlow, which processes payments on behalf of the tolled motorway operators for a fee, have been unable to reach agreement on a new contract, and unless the impasse is resolved thousands of motorists will have to stop and pay at toll booths instead of using the express lane.

General manager of CRG, Lorcan Wood, said the company wanted a "resolution" and it was hopeful of striking a deal.

Irish Independent

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