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Relief for 80,000 motorists as it's announced eFlow tags WILL work after all

Due to a dispute between CRG and State-owned eFlow, drivers using eFlow tags were told their tags would not work in three toll booths.

Traffic on the M7.
Traffic on the M7.
Image: Rollingnews.ie

A DISPUTE THAT threatened to render eFlow tags useless in certain toll booths has been resolved.

Due to a dispute between the tag company and the toll booth operator, drivers using State-owned eFlow tags were told they would not be able to automatically travel through three tolling booths around Ireland, and would have to stop to pay instead.

Tonight Minister for Transport Shane Ross welcomed the news of the renewal of contractual arrangements between eFlow and Celtic Roads Group regarding toll tags.

EFlow – which is State-owned and operated by Transport Infrastructure Ireland – operates a toll collection service under contract with Celtic Roads Company.

The contract governing the agreement expired earlier this year and both companies have been unable to reach a new deal until today.

Around 80,000 eFlow customers were due to be directly affected by the dispute.

It means eFlow toll tags will continue to be accepted at toll points on the M1 near Drogheda, the M7/M8 road from Dublin to Cork and Limerick, near Portlaoise and the N25 Waterford City Bypass after 31 August.

Shane Ross Minister for Transport Shane Ross. Source: Rollingnews.ie

Toll tag interoperability

“The contractual arrangements relating to toll tag interoperability are entirely matters for TII and are commercially sensitive,” Minister Ross said.

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“Negotiations between eFlow and Celtic Roads Groups have been ongoing for some time and I am pleased to say that a satisfactory agreement has now been reached between the parties.

“This is good news for road users and it means eFlow tags will continue to be recognised at all toll points across the country.

“Toll tag interoperability in practical terms means that a toll tag issued by one operator is recognised by all toll operators and this is a major benefit to motorists.”

Motorists who have changed their tag from eFlow to another operator are not affected, he added.

There are currently 11 toll roads in operation in Ireland, two of which – M50 eFlow and the Dublin Port Tunnel – are operated by TII.

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