One million M50 tolls went unpaid last year, TD says
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.