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Met Éireann Weather Forecast Thursday, April 17th

Today

Today  will be largely dry apart from some scattered outbreaks of rain in the morning and afternoon in parts of the west and the north. Some mist patches will linger for a time this morning, and apart from a few bright spells it will be generally cloudy today. A fresher day with highs of 10 to 14 degrees, but southern coasts may reach 15 degrees, with the best of any sunshine. Winds will be moderate and from the northwest, with the cooler temperatures in the north and west. Dry overnight with some clear spells developing in parts of the north and east. It will stay cloudier and a little milder tonight in western and southern areas. Lowest temperatures of 2 to 6 degrees with some grass frost likely in parts of Ulster and north Leinster. Some mist patches will form in the slack winds.

Tomorrow

The mainly dry and settled weather will continue on Friday, with some bright spells developing. Highest temperatures of 11 to 14 degrees in light variable winds. Friday night will remain dry with just a few spots of drizzle along western coasts. Quite cool with temperatures falling to between 1 and 4 degrees. In the light winds mist and fog patches will form as well as some grass frost. 

Saturday

A cool start to Saturday but it will be a largely dry day with perhaps some very light showers along parts of the west coast. Highs will range from 11 to 14 degrees, but eastern and southern coastal counties will feel cooler in the easterly breeze. Dry overnight with clear skies and temperatures falling to near zero degrees, with more mist and grass frost likely. 

Easter Sunday

A dry, chilly start to Easter Sunday but later in the afternoon and in the evening outbreaks of rain will move into parts of Leinster. Elsewhere it will remain dry but will become cloudy. Highs of 11 to 15 degrees in moderate northerly winds. The rain will affect much of Leinster and east Ulster overnight. It will be much milder though with lows of 6 to 8 degrees. 

Monday

Monday will have a mix of patchy rain and drizzle in southern coastal counties and also in parts of Ulster. Elsewhere in the country it will be drier with some bright spells. Highest temperatures of 11 to 15 degrees.

New National Vehicle Height Limit

The maximum height for vehicles in Ireland is 4.65 metres (15.3 feet approx) introduced on 1st November 2013. This means that vehicles over this height will be unable to obtain a transit permit.

New Traffic Management Scheme at St. Stephen’s Green for Luas Works

A new traffic scheme has been implemented in the St. Stephen’s Green as part of the Luas Cross City works.

The most significant changes are new right turns at St. Stephen’s Green’s junctions with Harcourt St and Merrion Row.

The first will be a right hand turn from St Stephen’s Green East on to Merrion Row. Currently traffic heading north on the east side of the green must turn left passing in front of the Shelbourne Hotel. Motorists who want to access Merrion Row to head for Baggot Street or Merrion Square must currently take a right onto Dawson Street and use either Molesworth Street or Nassau Street to loop back around to the green and on Merrion Row.

The new system will give two right turning lanes on to Merrion Row from the green and one left turning lane continuing around the green.

The second major change is at the diagonally opposite corner of the green with the creation of a new turn from St Stephen’s Green South onto the west side of the green. Traffic taking this new turn will cross the existing Luas line and then run parallel with the line as far as York Street. This turn allows motorists access to the Royal College of Surgeons and St Stephen’s Green car parks, or they can continue on to Mercer Street and take Noel Purcell Walk to access Drury Street and the car parks in that area. 

Once the Luas line is operational the right turn at the end of Dawson Street will be a bus lane only so motorists who decide to turn from the green into Dawson Street will have to turn right into Molesworth Street.

Disabled Drivers and Tolls

Specially adapted vehicles driven by disabled persons are exempt from tolls on each toll road in the state. Toll road operators currently issue special passes to facilitate such exempt passage. Passes issued by any one operator will be accepted by all other toll road operators.

For further information and to apply for a pass please contact your nearest toll road operator. A list of toll road operators and their contact numbers are listed below:

East-Link Toll Bridge Limited, Toll Plaza, York Road, Dublin 4. Tel : 01 668 2888 Fax - 01 688 2562 North-Link.

• M1 Toll Operations Ltd, Balgeen,Co. Meath - Tel : 041 982 9820, Fax : 041 982 9826.

• DirectRoute (Fermoy) Limited, Richmond House, Richmond Hill, Fermoy, Co. Cork, Tel: +353 25 51936, e-mail: info@directroute.ie website: http://www.directroute.ie Dublin Port Tunnel, Transroute Tunnel Operations Limited, Dublin Port Tunnel, East Wall Road, Dublin 3, Tel: 1890 252435 - http://www.dublinporttunnel.ie/ 

• N6 Galway to Ballinasloe N6 (Concession) Ltd, Toll Plaza Building, Cappataggle, Ballinasloe, Co. Galway, Tel: ++353 91 843 500, email: info@n6concession.com

• M7/ M8 Portlaoise - Castletown/ Portlaoise - Cullahill, CRG Portlaoise - M7/ M8 Motorway Site Offices, Clonkeen, Portlaoise, Co. Laois - Tel: ++353 57 8666334 - www.crg.ie.

Driver Check App

The 'Driver Check App' is available to download.

The App allows a passenger to check the licence details of both the vehicle and the taxi driver, and to see an ID photo of the authorised driver. The passenger is then able to simply forward these details (minus the photo) to a friend, all of which will reassure passengers that they are travelling safely, and that there is a record of their trip.

All details can be checked by a customer before they get in the vehicle.

This is expected to give consumers more confidence in the taxi sector and make the public feel safer when travelling in a taxi. For drivers it will promote greater professionalism and accountability.

The App is easy to use; all a consumer has to do is launch it on their phone, and then input one of the following:

1)      Ordinary vehicle registration number;
2)      Vehicle licence number – displayed on roof-sign and on door signs;
3)      Driver licence number (displayed on the ID card on the dashboard of the vehicle); or
4)      Scan the QR code on the vehicle which is located on a disc on both the front and rear windscreens.

On first use, consumers will be asked to register their own contact details, to enable sending a quick message to a friend from a cab, and to assist in following up any subsequent reports they may submit.

The App is available on IOS and Android.

Summer Driving Tips

Bright sunshine can cause glare from road surfaces and be very hard on the eyes. For long distance driving this can worsen the effects of fatigue.

If using sunglasses make sure they match your prescription if you have one.

Watch out for children especially in estates, near parks and beaches.

Clean your windscreens inside and out to prevent streaks from obstructing your view – check there is plenty of water in your washers.

You may want flip flops for the beach but driving in flip flops can be dangerous. When driving, wear comfortable shoes that are certain not to fall off.

Make sure to travel with water and sun screen in case you breakdown or get stuck in traffic.

During hot weather we bring everything but the kitchen sink to the beach or park, make sure everything is packed carefully into the car and that your view is not obstructed.

If travelling with a bike rack, make sure it is safely secured to your vehicle.

We don’t want to think about it but at some stage rain will come. If roads do get wet , they are even more slippery than you would expect. After a warm dry spell dust, oil and debris build up on a road and when wet, the surface becomes lethal. Extreme care is needed.

Visit out Blog for more on why our roads are more susceptible to melt than others.

Dublin: College Green Bus Corridor

The College Green Bus Corridor operates weekdays only 7am to 10am and from 4pm to 7pm.

• During these periods, only public transport vehicles and bicycles have access to the College Green location.

For motorists approaching Trinity College from Dame St there will be no through access to Westmoreland St from the traffic lights at the Bank of Ireland on College Green, except for public transport. Motorists will be diverted back around Dame St and away from Trinity College.

For motorists approaching Trinity College from College St there will be no through access to College Green except for public transport during operational hours.  Motorists will be diverted along Westmoreland St.

Ready access to the city centre and all city car parks will be maintained at all times, ensuring that private car users and business traffic will continue to be facilitated.

New Application Procedure for Driving Licence

The application process has changed and applications must be made in any one of the NDLS centres nationwide. All applications or enquiries in relation to Motor tax will still be dealt with by the Motor tax Offices.

For full details on how to apply and where the nearest centre is to you please click National Driving Licence Service  or call 0761-087880 (this number will go live on Tuesday 29th October).

M50 (Dublin City Orbital Road) Barrier Free Tolling Payment Options

Traffic can free flow on the motorway using any of the four lanes in each direction, travelling under the barrier free toll gantries without disruption. The maximum speed limit is 100km/ph.

• There are 3 ways that you can pay (note: the tolls listed below are for cars, other vehicle prices vary):

Option 1 - Register for an E-Tag electronic account and the M50 car toll will be €2:

• You can choose from a number of operators.
• If you have a Tag from any of the following operators it can be used on All Irish Toll plazas including, M50, Eastlink, Dublin Port tunnel, M1 Drogheda, M4/M6 and M8.

1. Passdirect - www.directroute.ie
2. Easytrip - www.easytrip.ie
3. Eirtag - www.eirtag.ie
4. Mini-Tag - 1890 929 030
5. eFlow Tag (M50) - www.eflow.ie   or  call 1890 501 050 (press 2)

• The official eFlow M50 tags can also be used on all other toll plazas in Ireland.

• With most e-tag operators you will have to make the following choices:
1. Choose from pre-payment, post-payment or crediting your account in advance.
2. Choose whether to buy or lease your Tag (costs vary).
3. You may incur set up fees.

Option 2 - Set up video number plate recognition and the M50 car toll will be €2:50. This option is limited to M50 only:

• You can register your Registration plate with eFlow www.eflow.ie or call 1890 501 050 (press 2) if you have more than one vehicle you must register each one.

• Choose between a prepaid account (minimum first top up €40) or post paid account.

• There is NO set up fee or maintenance fee with the post paid account.

Option 3 - You can choose to default to 'pay as you go' and then the M50 car toll will be €3:

• Your number plate will be recorded as you pass the M50 toll and you are required to pay by 8pm the following day by any of the following methods:

1. Phone eFlow on 1890 501 050
2. Online at www.eflow.ie 
3. At any of the 8,000 Payzone outlets nationwide. To find your closest location see the <a target='_blank' href=http://www.payzone.ie/outlets/>'Payzone Website'</a>.
• If you do not pay in this time, you will receive a notice in the post including a  €3 penalty on top of the original €3 toll charge.
• If you do not pay after 14 days a further €40 penalty will incur.
• If you do not pay after 56 days a further €100 penalty will be incur.

Newlands Cross Upgrade Project Update

Please note that planned changes to road alignment outbound on the N7/ Naas Rd due to take place on Friday (13th Dec) at Newlands Cross have been postponed until further notice. Changes to the inbound road layout on the N7 from the Green Isle to Newlands Cross remain in place (see below for more details). 

From Friday night (13th Dec) outbound traffic on the N7/ Naas Rd will be diverted onto new temporary lanes as part of the Newlands Cross Upgrade Project. 3 lanes and a bus lane will remain in operation, filter lanes onto Fonthill and Belgard Roads will also remain available. The new lanes will be narrower, orange road markings will denote their temporary nature.

A 60kph statutory speed limit will be in place through the works area. Motorists are urged to comply with the 60kph speed limit. The Gardaí will be enforcing the speed limits through this area.

Cyclists are not permitted to travel on the temporary lanes. There are no dedicated cyclist or pedestrian facilities south of Newlands Cross. A diversionary route will be in from Newlands Cross towards Citywest via Fonthill Rd and Boot Rd. In the interests of safety cyclists should use this route.

Dublin: M50 (Dublin City Orbital Road) Toll Charges

M50 Barrier Free Toll Charges remain the same until further notice.

• The M50 motorway is a radial route around Dublin and is intersected by the principal radial routes, i.e. M1, M2, N3, N4 (also serving N6), N7 (also serving N8 & N9) and N11.

• The Barrier-Free Toll is located  between Junction 6 (N3 Blanchardstown) and Junction 7 (N4 Lucan).

• Charges vary depending on payment method, please see charges below.

Motor cars and public service vehicles with seating for up to 8 passengers:

• Tag Account Vehicle - €2.10.
• Video Account Vehicle - €2.60.
• Other Vehicles (Unregistered) - €3.10

Goods Vehicles with an unladen weight not exceeding 2,000kg. Buses or Coaches with seating for more than 8 passengers:

• Tag Account Vehicle - €2.90.
• Video Account Vehicle - €3.40.
• Other Vehicles (Unregistered) - €3.90.

Goods Vehicles with an unladen weight exceeding 2,000kg but not exceeding 10,000kg:

• Tag Account Vehicle - €4.20.
• Video Account Vehicle - €4.70.
• Other Vehicles (Unregistered) - €5.20.

Goods Vehicles with an unladen weight exceeding 10,000kg:

• Tag Account Vehicle - €5.20.
• Video Account Vehicle - €5.70.
• Other Vehicles (Unregistered) - €6.30.

Dublin: M50 Junction Numbers

JUNCTION 1 CITY CENTRE: 
The M50 starts at the Dublin Port Tunnel. Non tunnel traffic heads into the city centre via East Wall Rd.

JUNCTION 2 COOLOCK: 
This gives access to Coolock lane. It’s also known as the Santry exit.

JUNCTION 3 THE M1:
Junction 3 is the M1/M50 Roundabout & is the start of the M50 southbound. Northbound it is the start of the main Airport Rd and the M1 Motorway to Belfast.

JUNCTION 4 BALLYMUN: 
This exit leads to Ballymun, Mobhi Road, Botanic Road and Phibsborough and Constitution Hill.

JUNCTION 5 FINGLAS: 
This is the exit for the N2/North Rd. Citybound  - the North Rd will take you via Finglas, Glasnevin and  Phibsborough.

JUNCTION 6 BLANCHARDSTOWN: 
This is the exit for the N3 Navan Rd. It is the main route to the north west, passing Clonee, Dunshaughlin, Navan & Cavan.

THE BARRIER FREE TOLL IS LOCATED BETWEEN J7 AND J6

JUNCTION 7 LUCAN:  
This is the exit for the N4 Lucan Rd & the Liffey Valley Shopping Centre. It is the main road to the west. It links Dublin with Sligo and also Galway via the N6. Citybound it takes you via the Palmerston Bypass and the Chapelizod Bypass to Heuston station.

JUNCTION 9 RED COW: 
This is the N7/Naas Rd exit which links Dublin & Kildare with Limerick. After the Naas exit J10 you can exit onto the M9/Kilkenny Rd. At Portlaoise the M7 splits. You can continue on the M7 via Mountrath to Limerick or take the M8 to Cork via Abbeyleix.

JUNCTION 10 BALLYMOUNT: 
This takes you up the Embankment Rd to the Belgard Rd or citybound by TV3, Ballymount Rd, Walkinstown and Crumlin.

JUNCTION 11 TALLAGHT: 
This takes you onto the N81 west to the Tallaght Bypass. Also known as the Balrothery Interchange.

JUNCTION 12 FIRHOUSE: 
Also known as the Knocklyon or Scholarstown Interchange.

JUNCTION 13 BALLINTEER: 
This is the Ballinteer Interchange & is signposted Ballinteer, Dundrum and Sandyford. Access to the Sandyford Industrial estate from this exit is via the Drummartin Link Rd. Northbound you can access Sandyford Industrial estate from this exit or continue on a side road for 1.5 km until you reach the Ballinteer Interchange.

JUNCTION 14 LEOPARDSTOWN:
This exit is signposted Dun Laoghaire and is for southbound traffic only. It leads to Leopardstown Rd. You can also access Sandyford Industrial Estate.

JUNCTION 15 KILTERNAN:
Access to Cabinteely and Cornelscourt.

JUNCTION 16 CHERRYWOOD:
You can access Cherrywood, Loughlinstown, Shankill, Killiney, Dalkey and Ballybrack from here.

JUNCTION 17 M11:
This exit is for Northbound traffic only. It is signposted M11/City Centre/ Dun Laoghaire. Southbound traffic will simply merge with the M11.

Motorway Services in Ireland 2014

For a list of Motorway services in Ireland 2014 please Click Here

Giro d'Italia route in Northern Ireland

The route of the Giro d'Italia in Northern Ireland has been announced, there will be a 22km time trial around Belfast, a loop around the north coast and a cross border final stage.

The Giro d'Italia is one of cycling's three prestigious grand tours.

The stages will take place in Northern Ireland from Friday 9th to Sunday 11th May, 2014.

The Belfast route on Friday 9 May starts at Titanic Belfast and takes in the Newtownards Road, Stormont, Queen's Bridge, the Ormeau Road, Stranmillis and Belfast city centre.

The Saturday leg, a 218km cycle, starts on Belfast's Antrim Road and goes to Antrim, Ballymena, Bushmills, the Giant's Causeway taking in the coastline from Cushendall to Larne on to Whitehead and Carrickfergus and back to Belfast.

On day three, Sunday, the final stage of the Ireland leg, the riders will embark on a 187km cross border section.

They will leave Armagh and travel to Richhill and Newtownhamilton before heading south, crossing the border at Forkhill en route to Dublin via Dundalk, Castlebellingham and Drogheda.

It is the first time the international event is beginning outside continental Europe.
All the routes are preliminary at this stage, but they are unlikely to change.

The Giro d'Italia, the Tour de France and the Vuelta a Espana are the most well known and prestigious Grand Tours for top cyclists.

The start of the 104-year-old Giro has traditionally taken place in Italy, but in recent times has been awarded to an outside country every two years.

Dublin: City Development Plan 2011-2017

Dublin City Council have created a new city development plan that will shape how Dublin grows for years to come. Members of the public can view the Development Plan

• The current Economic Climate means that there is time and the opportunity to reflect on what we want for the future of the city. Rapid development in recent years has resulted in fragmentation and some communities feeling left behind. The plan hopes to rectify this.

• An important aspect of the plan, is that it goes beyond 2017 looking forward to 2030.

• Key Words for this plan are Positive Change and Competitiveness.

The vision for the City is that; Within the next 25 to 30 years, Dublin will have an established international reputation as one of the most sustainable, dynamic and resourceful city regions in Europe.

• Dublin, through the shared vision of its citizens and civic leaders, will be a beautiful, compact city, with a distinct character, a vibrant culture and a diverse, smart, green, innovation-based economy. It will be a socially inclusive city of urban neighbourhoods, all connected by an exemplary public transport, cycling and walking system and interwoven with a quality bio-diverse greenspace network.

• In short, the vision is for a capital city where people will seek to live, work and experience as matter of choice.

• The plan will have 6 central themes:
I. Environment
II. Culture
III. Places
IV. Movement
V. Enterprise
VI. People

By 2017 Dublin city council hope to achieve three essential goals:

I. To make the city clean, green, compact and connected
II. To establish a smart economy
III. To create sustainable neighbourhoods and communities.

Transport has an important contribution to make in shaping and achieving a sustainable city. Less dependency on the private car for routine trips and replacement by public transport, walking and cycling will result in a reduction in consumption of non-renewable resources and of CO2 emissions.

• Dublin City Council will seek to have more people traveling in the city by bicycle, public transport or on foot by 2017.

• The effective integration of land use and transportation will generate and reinforce sustainable settlement patterns that make the most efficient use of land and that minimize the need for travel by car.

• The Development Plan has a significant part to play in addressing the impact that transport in Dublin has on climate change and in assisting the Government to meet its Kyoto obligations.

Toll Charges: M7/M8 Dublin/Limerick - Dublin/Cork Rd

The M7/M8 Portlaoise to Cullahill/Castletown Motorway is located in the midlands of Ireland in County Laois.

The toll road is on the M7 Limerick to Dublin route and also serves the Cork to Dublin route. The toll applies to the section of the M7 between Junction 18 (Portlaoise west) and Junction 21 (Borris-In-Ossory). The toll also applies to the section of the M8 where it joins the M7 i.e., between Junction 3 (Rathdowney) on the M8 and Junction 18 (Portlaoise West) on the M7.

Toll charges are as follows:

• Motorcycles (exceeding 50cc) = €1.

• Motor Car = €1.90

• Busses / Coaches = €3.30

Goods Vehicles, design weight not exceeding 3.500 kilos =  €3.30.

• 2 or 3 axle Goods Vehicles, design weight exceeding 3.500 kilos = €4.70.

• 4 or more axle Goods Vehicles, design weight exceeding 3.500 kilos = €6.

Toll Charges: M8 Dublin/Cork Road-Rathcormac/Fermoy Bypass

The Rathcormac/Fermoy Bypass is located in the Southwest of Ireland in County Cork. The toll road is approximately 15km north of Dunkettle on the N8 Cork/Dublin route. See charges below:

• Motorcycles (exceeding 50cc) = €1.

• Motor Cars = €1.90.

• Buses or Coaches = €3.30.

• Goods Vehicles with a design gross vehicle weight not exceeding 3,500 kilograms = €3.30.

• Goods Vehicles with a design gross vehicle weight exceeding 3,500 kilograms and having 2 or 3 axles = €4.70.

• Goods Vehicles with a design gross vehicle weight exceeding 3,500 kilograms and having 4 or more axles = €6.

Toll Charges: N25 Waterford City Bypass

The N25 Waterford City Bypass is 24km in length and stretches from Kilmeaden, Co.Waterford to Slieverue, Co. Kilkenny.

CLASS OF TRAFFIC TOLL CHARGE:

• Motorcycles (exceeding 50cc) €1.

• Motor Cars €1.90.

• Buses or Coaches €3.30.

Goods Vehicles with a design gross weight not exceeding 3,500 kilograms €3.30.

• Goods Vehicles with design gross weight exceeding 3,500 kgs & having 2 or 3 axles €4.70.

• Goods Vehicles with design gross weight exceeding 3,500 kgs & 4 or more axles €6.

Toll Charges: Dublin Port Tunnel

The Dublin Port Tunnel links Dublin Port to the M1 and M50 at Swords (north Dublin).

• Goods Vehicles with a design gross weight exceeding 3,500 kilograms are exempt from tolls.

• Remove sunglasses and turn on headlights (dipped) before entering the Tunnel. Also check that you have sufficient fuel for the 5.6 km journey and tune into FM radio to hear any instructions the Operator may issue while you are within the Tunnel.

Toll Charges as of Saturday 2nd January 2010.

• Monday – Friday Southbound:

• 6am to 10am = €10.
• All other times = €3. 

Monday – Friday Northbound:

• 4pm to 7pm = €10.

• All other times = €3.

The Tunnel closes for overnight maintenance on Wednesday and Thursday nights from 11pm to 5:30am.

• The Dublin Port Tunnel is fitted with comprehensive mechanical and electrical systems, optical and gas monitoring equipment in order to ensure a safe environment for all users.

Toll Charges: East Link, Dublin

The Eastlink Toll Bridge is located in Dublin City. The Toll bridge spans the River Liffey and is the last crossing point before Dublin Harbour, connecting the northside of the city (Dublin Port, The O2) to the southside (Sean Moore Rd (Ringsend). See charges below:

Motor Cars - €1:75. 

• Buses/Commercial vehicles not included in any other class with an unladen weight not exceeding 2 tonnes - €2:60.

Commercial vehicles over 2 tonnes unladen weight and with not more then 2 axles. €3:50.

• Commercial vehicles over 2 tonnes unladen weight and with not more then 3 axles - €4:30.

• Commercial vehicles over 2 tonnes unladen weight and with not more then 4 axles - €5:20.

Toll Charges: Limerick Tunnel

The Limerick Tunnel opened to traffic in July 2010.

• The Tunnel runs under the River Shannon for a distance of (approx) 900m and links Coonagh on the northern bank with Bunlicky on the southern bank of the river.

The project includes four separate junctions; the first at Rossbrien joins the Limerick Southern Ring Rd and the Tunnel, another at the N20 Cork/Tralee Rd at the Dock Rd (N69); the third at Coonagh West and the fourth is at the N18 Ennis Rd tie-in.

There are two toll plazas located north of the river.

• The Mainline Toll Plaza is on the N18 just north of the Tunnel.

• The second toll plaza is located at Clonmacken (off the N18) in the city direction.

Toll charges;

• Motor Cycles = €1

• Motor Cars = €1.90.

• Buses/Coaches = €3.30.

• Goods Vehicles exceeding 3,500kg = €3.30.

• Goods Vehicles exceeding 3,500kg with 2 or 3 axles = €4.70.

• Goods Vehicles with 4 axles or more = €6.

Toll Charges: M1 Dublin/Belfast Road

The M1 (Gormanstown to Monasterboice motorway) is located in the east of Ireland and passes through County Meath and County Louth. The toll road is approximately 30 km north of Dublin airport on the Dublin to Belfast route.

A toll will apply to the section of the M1 between Junction 7 (Julianstown) and Junction 8 (Duleek). See charges below:

• Motorcycles (exceeding 50cc) = €1

• Motor Cars = €1.90.

• Buses or Coaches = €3.30.

 Goods Vehicles with a design gross vehicle weight not exceeding 3,500 kilograms = €3.30.

• Goods Vehicles with a design gross vehicle weight exceeding 3,500 kilograms and having 2 or 3 axles = €4.70.

• Goods Vehicles with a design gross vehicle weight exceeding 3,500 kilograms and having 4 or more axles = €6.

Toll Charges: M3 Dublin/Cavan Road

The M3 Clonee - Kells (Clonee - Dunshaughlin). The M3 Clonee - Kells route is located in the North East of Ireland providing a strategic link between Dublin and the Northwest, with connections to Clonee, Dunboyne, Dunshaughlin, Navan and Kells.

The road is tolled between Junction 5 (Dunboyne) and Junction 6 (Dunshaughlin) which is near the Fairyhouse turnoff and also Junction 9 (Navan North) and Junction 10 (Kells), which is between Navan and Kells.

There are approximately 35km between the two plazas.

The toll charges are as follows:

70c for Motor Cycles.

€1.40 for Motor Cars.

€2.20 for Bus/Coach.

€2.20 for Goods Vehicles exceeding 3,500kg.

€2.90 for Goods Vehicles exceeding 3,500kg with 2 or 3 axles.

€3.50 for Goods Vehicles with 4 axles or more.

Toll Charges: M4 Dublin/Galway - Dublin/Sligo Road

The M4 (Kilcock-Enfield-Kinnegad) motorway is located in the mid-east of Ireland and passes through Counties Meath, Westmeath and Kildare.  The toll road is approximately 35km west of Dublin on the Dublin to Sligo, Dublin to Galway route. See charges below:

Motorcycles (exceeding 50cc) = €1.50.

• Motor Cars = €2.90.

• Buses or Coaches = €4.30.

Goods Vehicles with a design gross vehicle weight not exceeding 3,500 kilograms = €4.30.

• Goods Vehicles with a design gross vehicle weight exceeding 3,500 kilograms and having 2 or 3 axles = €5.70.

• Goods Vehicles with a design gross vehicle weight exceeding 3,500 kilograms and having 4 or more axles = €7.

Toll Charges: M6 Dublin/Galway Road

The toll is located in the West of Ireland in Cappataggle on the M6 Galway/Dublin Rd between J15 Ballinasloe West and J16 Loughrea, approximately 13.5km West of Ballinasloe and 42km east of Galway. See charges below:

• Motorcycles (exceeding 50cc) = €1.

• Motor Cars = €1.90.

• Buses or Coaches = €3.30.

• Goods Vehicles with a design gross vehicle weight not exceeding 3,500 kilograms = €3.30.

• Goods Vehicles with a design gross vehicle weight exceeding 3,500 kilograms and having 2 or 3 axles = €4.70.

• Goods Vehicles with a design gross vehicle weight exceeding 3,500 kilograms and having 4 or more axles = €6.

Tolling Information in Ireland 2014

TOLLING INFORMATION:

Toll roads are in existence throughout the world and have been in operation in Ireland since the 1980s. In general, toll roads in Ireland impose a toll (levy or charge) on each vehicle using these roads. The National Roads Authority (NRA) in Ireland has responsibility for overseeing the implementation of tolling throughout Ireland. In addition, the Authority also has responsibility for planning, supervising, constructing and maintaining all national roads in Ireland.

NEW TOLL ROAD SCHEMES:

Each time a toll scheme is proposed for a road, the National Roads Authority must publish a public notice notifying citizens in the area that this change is being proposed. In addition, the National Roads Authority is required to produce a Draft Toll Scheme and citizens are invited to inspect the scheme for a period of one month and make observations/ submissions on the scheme.

If you have an objection to the scheme, you must make your objections clearly in writing to the National Roads Authority on or before the specified date.
The Draft Toll Scheme for a particular road and its accompanying Explanatory Statement will be prepared in accordance with the statutory provisions of the Roads Act 1993, as amended by the Planning and Development Act 2000.

The National Roads Authority will serve a Notice on the local authorities in whose areas the proposed toll road will be located informing them that a Draft Toll Scheme has been prepared for the road concerned and indicating that representations in relation to the proposal may be made in writing to the Authority within a specified period.

If objections to the Draft Toll scheme are received and not withdrawn, the National Roads Authority will arrange an oral hearing in the areas where the proposed toll road will be located to enquire into the matters to which the objections relate. The report and recommendations of the person appointed to hold the hearing will be considered by the Board of the National Roads Authority prior to determining whether or not to adopt the Draft Toll Scheme.

The Authority may adopt the Draft Toll Scheme with or without modifications or may refuse to adopt it.

The decision of the Authority on the Toll Scheme proposal will be published.

PENALTIES FOR NOT PAYING TOLL FEES:

All motorists who are liable to pay toll fees and who fail, neglect or refuse to pay them are guilty of an offence. They are liable on summary conviction in a District Court to a fine not exceeding €1,270.

The amount of any toll due is recoverable as a simple contract debt in any District Court. 

RULES:
It is an offence in Ireland to fail, neglect or refuse to pay a toll on a national road.
Failure to pay your toll will mean that you cannot pass along the road.

eTOLL:
Electronic tolling allows motorists to use electronic tolling lanes, thereby saving time and the need to carry cash when travelling through a toll road. Electronic tolling uses a small electronic tag that is placed in the vehicle and is detected each time your vehicle passes through the toll. The toll is then debited against the customer's account. The electronic tolling system automatically recognises the correct toll for the class of vehicle you are driving.

There are a number of companies in Ireland providing electronic tags to motorists. All these providers use the same system which means you only need one tag for all tolling facilities in Ireland. Information on information on suppliers of electronic tags and the the different types of tag accounts is available at www.tagcompare.ie

Since August 2008 at the West Link Bridge on the M50 operates a barrier-free tolling scheme called eFlow. This allows all motorists to pass through the toll at motorway speed. There are three methods of paying the tolls including using an electronic tag from eFlow or a supplier mentioned. Charges varying depending on the method used. You cannot pay the toll with cash at the West Link Bridge, but the toll must be paid by 8pm the next day. You can find out more about the toll scheme at www.eflow.ie

For a list of Toll locations and maps in Ireland please Click Here

For a list of Toll charges in Ireland please Click Here

For Disabled Drivers information on Tolls please Click Here

For information on Statutory Notices please Click Here

For information on e-flow please Click Here

For information on eToll - Tolling Interoperability
Click Here

Bridges and Tunnel information 2014

For information on Bridges and Tunnels in Ireland for 2014 please Click Here

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