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06th Jun 2023

Toll charges on Irish roads set to rise to their ‘maximum’ rates

Stephen Porzio

Toll charges

Further bad news for motorists…

Toll charges on the majority of Irish toll roads are set to rise to their “maximum” rates from 1 July 2023.

The increases were initially scheduled to be introduced at the start of this year but were delayed by the Government for six months due to the cost-of-living crisis. In a statement on Tuesday (6 June), Transport Infrastructure Ireland (TII) said the change in toll prices is being driven by the current rate of inflation.

It also highlighted that the Consumer Price Index (CPI) increased by 8.6% between August 2021 and August 2022 and that tolls cannot rise above this rate.

There are 10 toll roads on the national road network, eight of which are operated under a Public Private Partnership (PPP) model.

The other two – the M50 and the Dublin Port Tunnel – are operated directly on behalf of TII.

TII has said the Dublin Port Tunnel will not be increasing its tolls in 2023.

Toll prices for motor cars (up to eight passengers and a driver) on the M50 will rise by either 20 cent or 30 cent, depending on the payment method.

Tag users will see the costs increase from €2.10 to €2.30, while for those captured on video, costs will rise from €2.70 to €2.90.

Unregistered cars will see an increase from €3.20 to €3.50.

Meanwhile, the price for goods vehicles using the motorway will increase by between 20 cent and 60 cent, depending on the payment method and the size of the vehicle.

As for the tolls operated under a PPP model, the PPP companies submitted their toll charge calculations as part of their annual toll plans.

TII reviewed the submissions and concur with the maximum toll charges calculated.

Using a car on the M4 motorway will cost an additional 20 cent, going from €3.00 to €3.20, while doing so on the other seven toll roads will cost 10 cent more.

“Toll revenue is used for purposes including motorway maintenance, toll collection and operations, and for the maintenance of the wider national road network,” TII said in a statement.

The announcement from TII comes just a week after the excise duty on fuel in Ireland was raised.

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