Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Transport Robert Troy is calling for the extension of barrier free tolling to all customers while talks to resolve the ongoing dispute between eFlow and the Celtic Roads Group continue.

Progress between the two sides has been reported in recent days to resolve the row which threatens to remove barrier free tolling for eFlow customers on the M1 near Drogheda, the M7 / M8 south of Portlaoise and the N25 at Waterford from Wednesday.

Deputy Troy commented, “I welcome the fact that progress is being made in this dispute and I remain optimistic that a successful outcome can be reached.  The alternative would have a serious impact on traffic congestion at toll booths on some of our busiest motorways, posing a major headache for commuters and hauliers alike.

“I am encouraged by reports from the ongoing talks and would urge both sides to remain in discussions so that a deal can be hammered out.  I would also call on both sides to facilitate the extension of barrier free tolling to eFlow customers past the Wednesday deadline, while the negotiations are continuing.  The tag system has worked very effectively since its introduction, leading to reduced journey times and congestion on busy motorways.  It would be a retrograde step to force motorists to revert to paying with cash at toll booths.

“This is very much a public transport issue and there is an onus on Transport Infrastructure Ireland to ensure a deal is reached with the Celtic Roads Group. It is also time for Transport Minister Shane Ross to step up to the mark and make his voice heard.

“A solution must be found to settle this dispute before significant disruption is caused to commuters.”