Massive increase in drivers faced with legal proceedings over failure to pay M50 tolls

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Over 8,000 drivers faced legal proceedings in 2019 over failure to pay their M50 tolls, a huge increase on previous years.

600 of these cases were sent to the County Sheriff who have powers to seize a person’s goods to enforce a court order for money due.

2016, 2017 and 2018 saw around 7000 M50 drivers facing legal proceedings each year, with the figure jumping to 8,300 in 2019.

Failure to pay your M50 toll can result in a fine of up to €5,000. Drivers can also face imprisonment for up to six months.

Figures released to Fianna Fáil TD for Dublin South West, John Lahart by Transport Infrastructure Ireland also showed that income from M50 tolls plummeted by €37 million in 2020 compared to the previous year.

In 2019, M50 eFlow income was €160.8 million. This dropped to €123.8 in 2020, a decrease of 23% and the lowest it has been since 2016.

Income from penalties also dropped in 2020. €6.7m was collected, down from €9.2m in 2019.

Despite the decrease in income, the costs of running the M50 toll rose in 2020.

The total toll operations costs were €61.3 million in 2020 compared to €57.3 in 2019.

Drivers can pay their M50 toll online at www.eflow.ie, by calling 0818 50 10 50 / +353 1 461 0122 to pay by credit card, or they can pay in Payzone branded outlets nationwide.

Registered drivers can use their electronic toll tag or video account to pay their tolls.

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