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UK drivers can't dodge M50 tolls

Motorists from Northern Ireland Northern Ireland: see Ireland, Northern.
Northern Ireland

Part of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland occupying the northeastern portion of the island of Ireland. Area: 5,461 sq mi (14,144 sq km). Population (2001): 1,685,267.
 and Britain were warned last night that they will be tracked down and fined if they fail to pay for using Ireland's unique new barrier-free M50 toll road.

The AA in Ireland said the Republic's National Roads Authority The National Roads Authority (NRA) (Irish: An tÚdarás urn Bóithre Náisiúnta) is a state body in the Republic of Ireland, responsible for the national road network. The NRA was established as part of the Roads Act 1993, and commenced operations on 1 January 1994.  will use a Europe-wide debt recovery agency to seek out drivers from the UK who fail to buy an electronic tag electronic tag electronic nelektronische Fußfessel f  or to pay later via the internet. It compared the fines regime to the one used in London to monitor the congestion charge congestion charge congestion nCity-Maut f

congestion charge npedaggio da pagare per poter circolare in automobile nel centro di alcune città, introdotto per la prima volta a

The organisation issued its warning to UK tourists and business travellers who will be using one of the Republic's busiest arterial links.

Cash-free tolling on the M50 became operational after the system was activated early yesterday. Motorists can no longer pay with cash and coins at the toll plaza for using the section of road between junctions six and seven near Blanchardstown in western Dublin. Vehicles will instead pass at the normal speed limit under a gantry Gantry
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, which will collect their tolls electronically using cameras.

Motorists must carry an electronic tag, pre-register to pay automatically, or pay the following day in order to avoid penalties. All car registrations from Ireland and the UK passing through will be captured on camera. The new system was designed to ease traffic hold-ups caused by motorists queueing to pay with euro notes and coins at the toll plaza.

Conor Faughnan, AA Ireland's public affairs Those public information, command information, and community relations activities directed toward both the external and internal publics with interest in the Department of Defense. Also called PA. See also command information; community relations; public information.  manager, advised drivers from Northern Ireland and Britain who use the M50 to buy the electronic tag or pay quickly online. Tags can be bought in newsagents and garages and operate like a mobile phone top-up system. Faughnan compared the penalty system to the London congestion charge The London congestion charge is a fee for some motorists entering the Central London area. As of 2006 it is the largest city to have adopted a congestion charge model. The organisation responsible for the charge is Transport for London (TfL), with Capita Group operating the scheme .

'If I take my car into central London The term Central London refers to the districts of London which are considered closest to the centre. There is no such conventional definition, nor any official one, for the entire area that can be called "central London".  even though it has an Irish registration number the authorities there can track me down and have used a European debt collection agency to do so.

'The M50 system does something similar. Even if you come from, say, Wales Wales, Welsh Cymru, western peninsula and political division (principality) of Great Britain (1991 pop. 2,798,200), 8,016 sq mi (20,761 sq km), west of England; politically united with England since 1536. The capital is Cardiff.  and you don't bother to buy the tag or pay up you will still be liable to pay €2.50 each time you go through it. The NRA NRA

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 is copying the London experiment and will fine UK citizens who think they don't have to pay. Our advice on coming to Ireland is that if you are going to be using the M50 buy the tag or pay online quickly afterwards.'

Although he admitted that traffic was running smoothly on the motorway link yesterday Faughnan pointed that AA Ireland opposed the system because it was 'unnecessarily expensive' for motorists.

At the opening of the toll yesterday morning transport minister Noel Ahern said the Irish government could not commit itself to abolishing tolls on the M50's Westlink bridge even after the cost of constructing the motorway is paid off, probably within 12 years. 'I won't speculate on what will happen after that,' Ahern said.

He also defended the €600m bill for the project, saying that in time it would prove a wise investment.

Although the barrier-free scheme faced criticism from Irish senators as well as the AA, the NRA said that drivers had coped well on its first day in operation. A spokesman for the NRA said: 'People seem to be adjusting. There's going to be a lot more people on it [on Monday] but it should be fine.'

The M50 runs in a C-shaped ring around Dublin from north to south, east to west. The most notorious spot on one of Ireland's premier routes was near the Westlink bridge in north-west Dublin near Blanchardstown. It was opened three years ago and also links into the Port Tunnel near Dublin airport which now takes motorists across the Liffey while avoiding the city centre.
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