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13 motorists have been fined €154,000 over unpaid M50 tolls

A judge has fined thirteen drivers—among them, a van driver who neglected to pay for using the Dublin motorway almost 700 times—€154,000 after they avoided judicial proceedings for evading M50 tolls, reports RTE.

Due to their nonattendance at their scheduled appearances in Dublin District Court today, Judge Anthony Halpin fined them between €4,000 and €25,000.

From April to November of last year, nine automobile owners, a truck driver, and three van owners were subject to sample fines for evading the tolls on Ireland’s busiest route, reports RTE.

After issuing hundreds of warning letters, Transport Infrastructure Ireland (TII) took legal action against them.

Judge Halpin took notice of the fact that the drivers had been issued summonses but had failed to appear in court after receiving information on the sorts of vehicles and comprehensive records of pending charges.

He heard information about the drivers’ degree of interaction with the M50 operators and their car ownership background in each case.

There were 26 cases postponed. Judge Halpin ordered the two offenders who seemed to enter a guilty plea to pay €350 in penalties and fees, reports RTE.

Additionally, he stated that although the criminal case was finished, the highway operator might still attempt to settle the outstanding toll balance, reports RTE.

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