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Fines totalling €229k handed out to 27 M50 toll dodgers

Twenty-seven motorists have been hit with fines totalling €229,000 after failing to turn up to court accused of M50 toll dodging.

Some 47 motorists were summonsed to appear at Dublin District Court, facing five sample counts of not paying tolls for trips from March to November 2019.

Prosecutions against 27 of them, who did not show up, went ahead in their absence resulting in fines ranging from €2,000 to €15,000.

A bench warrant was also issued for the arrest of a man with a Dublin address, who allegedly had a record of 1,139 unpaid trips on the motorway over a 10-month period.

One private car owner, with a history of 648 trips on the motorway, was fined €15,000 and had perviously been sent nearly 2,000 warning letters but failed to respond or come to court.

A commercial vehicle owner, with a history of 326 unpaid tolls, was fined the same amount, as were seven other motorists.

All fines now have to be paid within six months. The vehicle owners were also ordered to pay up to €350 in prosecution costs.

The standard M50 toll for an unregistered private car is €3.10, it must be paid before 20:00 the following day or else there is a €3.00 penalty for missing the deadline.

Motorists have 14 days from the date of issue to pay for the journey and the initial penalty; otherwise a further penalty of €41 is applied.

After a further 56 days there is an additional penalty charge of €103 and if it remains unpaid, legal proceedings follow with the possibility of a court fine of up to €5,000 as well as a jail term of six months, or both, per offence.