Court battle over tolls
THE company operating the toll road on the M1 motorway has been brought to court by the National Roads Authority (NRA) which claims that it is overcharging motorists.
According to the NRA, the Celtic Roads Group (Dundalk) Limited is stands to make e1.39m a year or e26,000 a week because it is not interpreting the relevant by-laws correctly.
The court heard that motorists who have been overcharged cannot be repaid because there is no mechanism to refund the motorists. The court was also told that toll roads all over the country will be affected by the outcome of this case.
The NRA maintains that tolls on the M1 motorway should have been reduced on January 1 this year from e1.90 for a car to e1.80 but it says the company has not done this. Mr Justice Peter Kelly admitted the case to the Commercial Court list and said he would hear the action on February 22. He said it should be determined as quickly as possible as if motorists are paying an unlawful amount, they can never be repaid. Four other tolling operators were also required to lower their tolls.