12 C
Galway
Home NEWS Toll charges increases another burden on already hard-pressed motorists – TD

Toll charges increases another burden on already hard-pressed motorists – TD

0
1894
Galway Daily news motorists advised to watch for people walking in the fine weather

Galway East TD Seán Canney has said that he believes the increase in toll charges from the 1 January is ‘ill-timed, unfair and is adding further costs to hard-hit motorists’.

Rates are to rise by 10 cent across most public private partnership (PPP) toll roads, with the M4, M1, N6, M17/18, N25, Waterford Bridge, and Limerick Tunnel all seeing increases in the charge.

“At a time when fuel prices are at an all-time high and insurance costs are increasing, I believe that this increase is adding further costs to motorists using these roads,” said the Independent Galway TD.

“I believe the increase which represents an increase of over 5.30% on the cost of tolls is unfair for the already hard-pressed motorist.”

Deputy Canney said that it is also ironic that these increases are coming at a time when all tolls are not now manned and are operating on a card only basis with substantial savings in wages for these private toll operators.