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Tolls to increase on most Irish motorways beginning July 1

Robert Besser
10 Jun 2023, 19:36 GMT+10

DUBLIN, Ireland: Ireland is increasing tolls on the nation's roads on July 1, it was announced this week.

Local media has reported that the Department of Transport and Transport Infrastructure Ireland (TII) has confirmed that the nation's toll roads will increase fares on July 1.

Officials are referring to the jump in toll prices as an "inflationary increase."

Vehicles driving on the M50 will pay an additional 30c for cars without tags, bringing the toll paid to 3.50 euros, while autos with video accounts will pay 20c more, rising to 2.90 euros.

Cars with tags will see a 20c increase to 2.30 euros.

On the M1, M7, M8, N6, N25 at Waterford and N18 Limerick Tunnel, tolls for cars will increase from 2 euros to 2.10 euros, while on the M3, car tolls will rise 10c to 1.60 euros.

The new price on the M4 will see an increase of 20c for cars to 3.20 euros.

Ireland has ten toll roads as part of the national road network eight are maintained and collect tolls as part of a "Public Private Partnership" (PPP) model and two are operated directly on behalf of Transport Infrastructure Ireland. These are the M50 and Dublin Port Tunnel.

Authorities will base the toll increase on the maximum rate due to inflation on the M50 and the eight PPP routes. Reportedly, the toll on the the Dublin Port Tunnel will not be increased.

Of note, in November 2022 there was a proposal to increase tolls, however, they were opposed by taoiseach Micheal Martin and tanaiste Leo Varadkar, even though they were supported by Transport Minister Eamon Ryan.

Meanwhile, Transport Infrastructure Ireland has issued a statement, noting, "toll revenue is used for purposes including motorway maintenance, toll collection and operations, and for the maintenance of the wider national road network."

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