Toll Roads in Ireland
Toll roads are in exsistence throughout the world and have been in operation in Ireland since 1980s. In general toll roads in Ireland impose a toll (levy or charge) on each vehicle using these roads. The National Roads Authority (NRA) in Ireland has responsibility for overseeing the implementation of tolling throughout Ireland. In addition, the Authority also has responsibility for planning, supervising constructing and maintaining all national roads in Ireland.
Why are Toll charges imposed?
The National Roads Authority is empowered by the Local Government (Toll Roads) Act, 1979 to charge and collect tolls for the use of certain roads by vehicles. Before a toll may be imposed on a road, a bye-law under the Act must be passed.
Major new road developments in Ireland are now undertaken and funded through Public Private Partnership (PPP). This means that part of the funding for road building and maintenance comes from public sources (i.e., the Irish Government) and part of the funding comes from private commercial sources. The National Roads Authority use of Public Private Partnership projects is in accordance with the strategy of using tolling to the maximum extent possible on these roads to recoup part at least of the substantial private sector investment involved.
Under the approach being pursued by the National Roads Authority, toll roads are being constructed as additions to the current network of national roads rather than providing a means of improvement of existing roads.
New Toll Road Schemes
Each time a toll scheme is proposed for a road, the National Roads Authority must publish a public notice notifying citizens in the area that this change is being proposed. In addition, the National Roads Authority is required to produce a Draft Toll Scheme and citizens are invited to inspect the scheme for a period of one month and make observations/ submissions on the scheme.
If you have an objection to the scheme, you must make your objections clearly in writing to the National Roads Authority on or before the specified date.
The Draft Toll Scheme for a particular road and its accompanying Explanatory Statement will be prepared in accordance with the statutory provisions of the Roads Act 1993, as amended by the Planning and Development Act 2000.
The National Roads Authority will serve a Notice on the local authorities in whose areas the proposed toll road will be located informing them that a Draft Toll Scheme has been prepared for the road concerned and indicating that representations in relation to the proposal may be made in writing to the Authority within a specified period.
If objections to the Draft Toll scheme are received and not withdrawn, the National Roads Authority will arrange an oral hearing in the areas where the proposed toll road will be located to enquire into the matters to which the objections relate. The report and recommendations of the person appointed to hold the hearing will be considered by the Board of the National Roads Authority prior to determining whether or not to adopt the Draft Toll Scheme.
The Authority may adopt the Draft Toll Scheme with or without modifications or may refuse to adopt it.
The decision of the Authority on the Toll Scheme proposal will be published.
Exemptions From Toll Charges
Certain vehicles in Ireland are exempt from toll charges. The vehicles in question are vehicles belonging to and used for official purposes by the Defence Forces, vehicles used by An Garda Siochana (the Irish Police force), fire brigade vehicles and ambulances.
Vehicles adapted for disabled drivers or passengers are also entitled to exemption from toll fees. Toll road operators issue special passes which are recognised by all toll road operators and which allow such vehicles pass through the tolls without paying. To obtain a special pass and find out more information please click here
Penalties For Not Paying Toll Fees
All motorists who are liable to pay toll fees and who fail, neglect or refuse to pay them are guilty of an offence. They are liable on summary conviction in a District Court to a fine not exceeding €1,270.
The amount of any toll due is recoverable as a simple contract debt in any District Court.
It is an offence in Ireland to fail, neglect or refuse to pay a toll on a national road.
Failure to pay your toll will mean that you cannot pass along the road.
Pleas follow the link for: toll rates for the toll roads
The Dublin Port Tunnel imposes a toll on cars, taxis, motorcycles, vans and light commercial vehicles only. Commercial vehicles above 3.5 tonnes laden weight and buses with more than 25 seats do not pay tolls.
VAT registered road users can reclaim VAT paid on tolls.
Payment of tolls in Ireland is facilitated in two ways by payment of cash or by eToll.
Electronic tolling allows motorists to use electronic tolling lanes, thereby saving time and the need to carry cash when travelling through a toll road. Electronic tolling uses a small electronic tag that is placed in the vehicle and is detected each time your vehicle passes through the toll. The toll is then debited against the customer's account. The electronic tolling system automatically recognises the correct toll for the class of vehicle you are driving.
There are a number of companies in Ireland providing electronic tags to motorists. All these providers use the same system which means you only need one tag for all tolling facilities in Ireland. Information on information on suppliers of electronic tags and the the different types of tag accounts is available at www.tagcompare.ie
Since August 2008 at the West Link Bridge on the M50 operates a barrier-free tolling scheme called eFlow. This allows all motorists to pass through the toll at motorway speed. There are three methods of paying the tolls including using an electronic tag from eFlow or a supplier mentioned. Charges varying depending on the method used. You cannot pay the toll with cash at the West Link Bridge, but the toll must be paid by 8pm the next day. You can find out more about the toll scheme at www.eflow.ie
How to Pay
Generally, toll charges paid at the the barrier to the toll road, the following information includes all toll roads throughout Ireland:
Conventional Toll Plazas
All toll roads in Ireland, with the exception of the M50 eFlow Barrier - Free tolling system, are managed by means of conventional barrier operated toll plaza. For these toll roads the mainline toll payment options include:
- Manual lanes with a toll booth attendant;
- Automatic coin machine lanes, and
- Payment by means of an electronic toll tag.
For further information please click here
eFlow Barrier-Free Tolling
The M50 is a radial route around Dublin. eFlow Barrier-Free Tolling is in operation between Junction 6 (M50/N3 Blanchardstown) and Junction 7 (M50/N4 Lucan) of the M50 i.e. there is no toll plaza on the tolled section of the road. The eFlow Barrier-Free toll system records trips by photographing a vehicle's licence plate number.
M50 Toll Payment Options:
- Payment by means of a toll account i.e. an electronic toll tag or video account;
- Pay online at www.eflow.ie
- Pay in 'Payzone' branded outlets nationwide. A list of these outlets at which you can make payment for the M50 toll are listed at www.payzone.ie and
- LoCall 1890 50 10 50 and pay by credit card to the customer service representative.
Unregistered customers (i.e. customers without a tag or video account) must pay for their journey before 8pm the following day to avoid incurring late payment penalties.
Further information about M50 eFlow Barrier-Free tolling please click here
Where to Apply
If you are interested in obtaining an eToll tag, simply visit www.tagcompare.ie