One mil­lion M50 tolls went un­paid last year, TD says

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About one mil­lion M50 tolls went un­paid by mo­torists last year, Fianna Fáil TD Seán Flem­ing has said fol­low­ing a meet­ing of the Public Ac­counts Com­mit­tee yes­ter­day.

The com­mit­tee heard that de­spite fines and ef­forts to re­coup un­paid charges, ¤5.2 mil­lion was writ­ten off last year, and ¤4.9 mil­lion in 2015.

Mr Flem­ing said that fig­ure trans­lated to about one mil­lion jour­neys, while a small num­ber of driv­ers had ac­cu­mu­lated hun­dreds of un­paid trips. “There will al­ways be some­one who doesn’t pay up but I was sur­prised to hear there were some peo­ple who were se­rial non-pay­ers who go hun­dreds of times a year with­out pay­ing,” he said.

Ad­dress­ing how fare evaders are tack­led, Trans­port In­fra­struc­ture Ire­land told the com­mit­tee that once fines grew in­cre­men­tally to ¤150 they were turned over to en­force­ment of­fi­cers.

There were about 500 such cases a month, or 6,000 a year. These led to about 2,800 pros­e­cu­tions last year and to the seizure of 63 cars whose auc­tion pro­ceeds were then con­fis­cated.

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