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€1.2 billion paid in M50 tolls already – “we own it”, says Tóibín

Aontú leader Peadar Tóibín has called on the Tánaiste in the Dáil today to scrap or reduce The M50 toll. 

The Meath West TD said: “Hundreds of thousands of commuters are being forced to pay high motorway tolls every day. Many people are commuting up to three hours a day and they are paying thousands of euro in tolls to do so. There are 4 Tolls in County Meath. Someone living in Kells or Cavan and working in south Dublin can be hit for €3,600 a year just on tolls”.

“Aontú research has shown that Commuters have paid €1.2 billion in tolls on the M50 toll in just the last 9 years. Now this is a state-owned infrastructure and commuters have already more than paid for its construction. Our research has shown that people are being fined as much as €25,000 for not paying the toll. We have this ludicrous situation where people are paying fines costing more than the value of their car for travelling on a National Route that we already own”.

“The government often say that they can’t reduce the cost of living. When we pushed for a reduction in VAT on fuel the Government refused and said that at their hands are tied by the EU. But this is something the government can do,” he asserted.

“Given that so many people are suffering from the Cost of Living Crisis, we in Aontú have been looking at ways the cost burden of life can be lifted from people’s shoulders.  Thousands of commuters are finding it near impossible to put petrol and diesel into their cars. Well over hundred thousand workers are working full time in poverty. Its beyond time that the M50 toll is scrapped or reduced.”

In response to a question from the Aontú leader, Minister Eamon Ryan provided the following information regarding M50 tolls:

“Transport Infrastructure Ireland’s (TII) is a non-commercial semi-state body, which operates under the aegis of the Department of Transport. TII’s primary function, under the Roads Act 1993-2015, is to secure the provision of a safe and efficient network of national roads. An overall funding allocation is assigned to TII on an annual basis from the Exchequer to carry out this function. While Exchequer funding is TII’s principal source of funding this is supplemented by toll revenues paid by road users. In relation to the M50, toll revenues collected fund the operation and maintenance of the M50 as well as contributing to overall national road network operation and maintenance costs.”

“Details of M50 revenues, on an accruals basis, for the past ten years are as follows:”

2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021
€m €m €m €m €m €m €m €m €m €m
M50 eFlow Revenue 91.1 93.7 102.7 111.2 118.4 145.2 154.6 160.8 123.8 140
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