Sinn Féin Transport spokesperson Dessie Ellis TD has welcome clarification by Minister Varadkar that there are no plans to introduce multiple tolls on the M50. The clarification followed a news report today that despite previous denials the Minister would be implementing NRA proposals on new tolls in the New Year.
Deputy Ellis said;
“This is good news as just six months ago Minister Varadkar said there were no plans for these charges. Multiple tolling on the M50 would be a disaster for motorists, particularly those commuting long distances to work. Families are already hard pressed and this news means that simply getting to work is going to cost more.
“If there are real problems with overcrowding at peak times on the M50 then the solution is to improve public transport rather than punish commuters who have no option but to drive to work.
“This government has cut public transport budgets, increased fares numerous times and the Minister has a record of stoking industrial disputes in companies like Bus Éireann and Dublin Bus. A serious change in approach from the government is needed to get people out of cars and on to public transport and punitive measures like tolls are not appropriate especially in these difficult times.”