Minister Fergus O’Dowd has backed a proposal to lift HGV tolls for one month to encourage motorway use – and endorsed the use of Drogheda as a test location.
“I see huge merit in the proposal by my colleague Minister Varadkar to examine whether tolls are driving trucks off the motorways and in through towns like Drogheda,” said Minister O’Dowd.
“No location knows more than Drogheda about the negative effect tolling may have on a town, and I have supported many local representations to Government and the toll operators on this issue.
“We would contend locally that the tolls are encouraging heavy goods traffic through the town, creating extra traffic and needless noise and air pollution.
“By using local and regional roads instead of custom-built motorways, HGVs are also adding to the wear and tear of the roads network.
“I think that Minister Varadkar’s idea of asking the National Roads Authority (NRA) to look at the feasibility of lifting tolls for heavy goods vehicles for one month, on one or more motorways across the country, is a good one.