The M50 Toll Road


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What is the M50 toll road?

The M50 toll road is a section of the M50 motorway. Instead of a conventional barrier toll plaza, drivers pass beneath overhead cameras, which use advanced vehicle recognition technology to record number plates. This system is operated by eFlow.

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Where is the M50 toll road?

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The M50 toll is located between Junction 6 (N3 Blanchardstown) and Junction 7 (N4 Lucan) of the motorway.

The approach to the toll point is indicated with roadside signposts and road markings. The actual tolling point itself is identified with a gantry which spans the four lanes on each side. The gantry shows a blue “TOLL HERE” sign, and contains a set of overhead cameras. 

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What are the M50 toll charges?

*M50 toll charges are broken down according to vehicle class and whether the driver is a registered account holder with eFlow or any other tag provider. The below table outlines the charges:

VEHICLE TYPE UNREGISTERED VIDEO ACCOUNT TAG ACCOUNT
Motorcycles Free Free Free
A motor car or public service vehicle with seating for up to 8 passengers €3.10 €2.60 €2.10
A goods vehicle with an unladen vehicle weight not exceeding 2,000kg €3.90 €3.40 €2.90
A bus or coach with seating for more than eight passengers €3.90 €3.40 €2.90
A goods vehicle with an unladen weight exceeding 2,000 kg but not exceeding 10,000kg €5.30 €4.70 €4.20
A goods vehicle with an unladen weight exceeding 10,000kg €6.30 €5.80 €5.30
A tractor unit or an articulated vehicle €6.30 €5.80 €5.30

*M50 Toll rates are inclusive of VAT at the standard rate (23%). VAT registered road users can reclaim VAT paid on tolls.

If you’re not registered with eFlow, or any other tag provider, use of the M50 toll road requires you to make your toll payment before 8pm the following day.

If you do not make the payment by this time, a penalty charge of €3.00 will be incurred. This means that a penalty letter will be issued to the registered vehicle owner's address. If you have incurred a penalty, please click here for further details on how to proceed. 

If you haven’t paid the M50 toll and the penalty within 14 days, an additional late penalty of €41.00 will be applied.

Failure to pay this outstanding amount within 56 days will result in an additional late penalty charge of €103.00.

If you have still not paid the amount due, legal proceedings may be initiated.

For more information, please refer to Transport Infrastructure Ireland regarding Penalties for not Paying Toll Fees.

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How can I pay the M50 toll?

You can pay the M50 toll in a number of ways.

The easiest way is by registering for auto-pay Video or Tag Account with eFlow. Auto-pay means when you cross the toll point, the charge will be applied to your eFlow account; you won’t have to pay manually. 

With the auto-pay Video account, there’s no account management fee and all of your M50 tolls will be charged at 50c less per journey.

If you use the M50 toll three times or more every month then the eFlow Tag Account is your cheapest tolling option. With the Tag Account, you’ll save €1 on every journey through the M50 toll. The 'smug tag' as it's sometimes known also enables you to use the express lanes at any toll plaza in Ireland like the M1 or M7. We rent you the tag at a cost of €1.23 per month, and if you decide you want to close your account, you just send it back to eFlow. 

If you choose not to sign-up to auto-pay, then you will have to pay for your tolls manually. These payments must to be made before 8pm the day after you travel, otherwise a late payment penalty will be incurred. This can be done online here or at any Payzone retail outlet across Ireland. 

You can pay your M50 toll journeys on the M50 Quick Pay app. Just go to your app store, search for M50 Quick Pay and go from there. 

Before making a toll payment for a rental vehicle, we would like to advise you to check your rental agreement or to contact your rental company directly, in order to confirm that you have not already been charged for your tolls by your rental company.

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How does the toll work?

The toll gantry uses a combination of lasers, beacons and cameras to detect a vehicle passing underneath. The cameras capture multiple images of the vehicle and the vehicle registration plate. Details of the registered owners are supplied from the Department of Transport.

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How will I know if I’ve passed the toll?

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The toll is located on a gantry over the motorway between Junction 6 (Blanchardstown) and Junction 7 (Lucan) of the M50. The toll is indicated by signage as can be seen in the image above. By driving under this gantry, you are liable to pay the M50 toll. 

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Who is exempt from paying the toll?

The following vehicles are exempt from paying the M50 toll charge: 

  • Vehicles modified for disabled use
  • Motorcycles
  • Fingal County Council vehicles
  • Army vehicles
  • Vehicles performing maintenance on the M50
  • Garda and ambulance service vehicles

If your vehicle is exempt from paying the M50 toll, the eFlow toll gantry will record images of your vehicle and number plate which will be reviewed by us to confirm that your vehicle is exempt. 

If your vehicle meets one of the above criteria and is registered in the Republic of Ireland, eFlow will automatically recognise and confirm your exemption and you will not be charged.

If your vehicle is specially modified for disabled use but is not registered in the Republic of Ireland, you will be required to provide documentary proof such as a driver's licence showing driver restrictions. This proof can be submitted online via the 'Contact Us' page of eFlow.ie.

For further information, please refer to the Transport Infrastructure Ireland website.

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What are the payment deadlines for the M50 toll charges?

If you don’t have an auto-pay tolling account, use of the M50 toll road requires you to make your toll payment before 8pm the following day. Late payments are subject to penalties

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How to/How do I report an incident on the M50 Toll Road?

If you have any queries in relation to incidents that have occurred on the M50 Toll Road please contact the Motorway Traffic Control Centre using the below contact details:

Email: info@mtcc.ie

Phone: 0818-715-100

Who owns the M50 toll?

The M50 is public infrastructure owned by the Irish government and administered by Transport Infrastructure Ireland (TII), an independent statutory body established by the Roads Act, 2015.

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Who are eFlow?

eFlow is the operator of the barrier-free tolling system on Dublin’s M50 motorway and a provider of electronic tags for use on all toll roads in the Republic of Ireland. 

eFlow is a registered business name of Transport Infrastructure Ireland (TII). emovis operations Ireland is contracted by the TII to operate the M50 tolling system (eFlow) on their behalf. emovis operations Ireland is an Irish company based in Dublin.

All the toll revenue, including penalties, which are collected on the M50 toll road go directly to the Transport Infrastructure Ireland.  These funds are then used for the operation and maintenance of the national road network in Ireland.

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