Tolls on the M50 should be reduced for motorists struggling with cost of living increases, a Senator claimed today.
Senator Paschal Donohoe said car commuters are being hit with rising prices for fuel, groceries and mortgage repayments.
“Families who have to use the M50 two or more times a day are being hit with big bills on top of higher prices for everything else,” he said.
“A reduction in the toll charge would give some relief to hard-pressed motorists especially as economic circumstances are expected to get worse in the month ahead.”
Mr Donohoe, who was an unsuccessful general election candidate for Fine Gael in Dublin Central, said the issue was raised by many constituents.
eFlow, the long-awaited new barrier-free tolling system on the M50, is due to open on August 30, according to the National Roads Authority.
All motorists will be issued with electronic eFlow tags which will be read by overhead cameras.
Mr Donohoe claimed the €25m system will recoup €80m in tolls revenue within a year.
In the Seanad, Mr Donohue called for action from the Minister for Transport to reduce the hardship on motorists by cutting the toll costs.
“He must clarify the steps he can take to reduce charges in the new M50 tolling scheme given the worsening economic circumstances and the need to provide relief with the rising cost of living,” he said.
However Cathaoirleach Pat Moylan ruled the senator out of order because the NRA and not the minister had responsibility for the M50 tolling scheme.