Hauliers will have to accept a 10 percent toll increase on many of the state’s highways next year, but traveling by car or motorcycle will only increase the cost of using the M3 Dublin to Cavan route.
Transport Infrastructure Ireland (TII) announced that the changes due to inflation should take effect on January 1.
People arriving by car or motorcycle can expect the M3 to rise by 10 cents, with the costs for cars rising to € 1.50 and for motorcycles to 80 cents. According to the TII, the toll charge on the motorway, on which an average of 35,400 journeys are made per day, has not increased since 2012.
For trucks with four axles, tolls at a number of toll stations will be increased by 10 cents to € 6.20, including the M1 in Drogheda, the M8 in Rathcormac / Fermoy, the M7 / M8 in Portlaoise, the M25 in Waterford and the M6 in Galway to Ballinasloe and the M18 Limerick tunnel. For trucks that use the M4 / M6 Kinnegad-Kilcock toll, there will also be an increase of 10 cents. The tariff increases to 7.20 euros.
The cost of using the Dublin Harbor Tunnel will not change, and most drivers using the M50 will not be affected.
However, people driving trucks may face new tariffs depending on their weight.
Vehicles with a weight of less than 2,000 kg will increase by 10 cents, vehicles with a weight of more than 10,000 kg will also increase by 10 cents. Commercial vehicles weighing between 2,000 kg and 10,000 kg are not affected.
For buses that carry more than 8 passengers, the cost of using the M50 increases by 10 cents.
Figures from TII also show that the average number of daily trips on each of the highways has increased in the past year. With an estimated 151,227 daily journeys (up 4 percent), the M50 was still the most frequently used motorway.
The western bypass M1 Dundalk is the second largest highway this year with an average of 42,209 journeys per day. The M25 Waterford Bypass has the fewest daily trips with an estimated average of 9,773. However, the route recorded the largest increase in the reporting period (plus 7 percent).