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Huge drop in tailgating on the M50

The number of cars tailgating have dropped since rear facing cameras were put in.

Dublin Port Tunnel
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Image: William Murphy via Flickr/Creative Commons

SEVENTY EIGHT WAS the average number of cars which tailgated on the M50 everyday last year.

That number was 232 per day back in 2010, making a 67 per cent drop in tailgating in the past four years.

In 2010 eFlow introduced rear-facing cameras to capture the number plates and tackle the problem of people dangerously trying to dodge the toll charge.

Since then there’s been  massive reduction in tailgating. Below is the average number of tailgating instances on the M50 per day over the past four years:

  • In 2010, the average number  was 232
  • In 2011, the average number was 104
  • In 2012, the average number was 101
  • In 2013, the average number was 78

Director of Communication with eFlow, Simon McBeth said:

Tailgating is a reckless act that puts lives at risk for the sake of avoiding a €3.10 charge.

The latest figures were released by Sanef Ireland, operator of eFlow,  as the Minister for Transport Leo Varadkar opened the new eFlow offices in Blanchardstown today.

Over 110,00 vehicles use the M50 free- flow system every day and just over half of those have registered for a tolling account.

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