Electric Vehicle Tolling Scheme
The Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport, Shane Ross TD, has today confirmed details of a new tolling incentive for electric vehicles (EVs). The scheme, which will bring a discount in toll fares to EV drivers, will now come in to effect from 01 July 2018.
Remarking on the scheme today the Minister stated “I am delighted to launch the new EV tolling scheme, this incentive is integral to the series of Governmental support measures aimed at promoting a low-carbon transport future”. The Minister added “this new scheme will yield additional savings to EV motorists, with the potential for eligible private car owners to accumulate up to €500 in toll savings per annum, and up to €1,000 in savings for goods vehicles.”
There will be a 50% toll discount for battery electric vehicles (BEVs) and a 25% toll discount for plug-in hybrid vehicles (PHEVs), with higher levels of discount available across certain toll roads during off-peak journeys. EV motorists can avail of the discount by signing up for an EV tag with an approved Toll Tag Provider. Drivers, who already hold a toll tag account, will be contacted by their current tag provider with details on how to transfer in to the scheme.
The Minister concluded “we are starting to see a steady rise in EV numbers; this can be attributed to improved technological developments and increased battery ranges alongside continued generous Government supports to reduce purchase and running costs. There are now over 5,000 electric vehicles in Ireland, over a 1,000 of which were registered in 2018 alone.”
Visit www.etoll.ie (link is external) for further details on the scheme terms and conditions and how to avail of the toll refunds available.
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Notes to the editor:
• Eligible vehicles must be registered with a participating toll tag provider, and have an electric toll tag to avail of the reduced toll;
• Toll tags are available from participating toll tag providers who have been approved to administrate the scheme, see www.etoll.ie (link is external) for further details;
• This scheme applies to both Battery Electric Vehicles and Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicles (with CO2 emissions of 80gm per km or less).
• Conventional Hybrids will not be covered by the scheme;
• On the M50, to assist with demand management efforts, a higher incentive rate of 75% discount for BEVs and 50% discount for PHEVs will apply for off-peak travel (i.e. travelling outside peak hours of 7 to 10am and 4 to 7pm).
• Likewise, for demand management reasons the toll discount will only be applicable to Dublin Port Tunnel off- peak travel (i.e. the €3 toll rate) and not to the peak €10 rate.
• The vehicle must be Irish registered;
• Small Public Service Vehicles (Taxi, Hackney, Limousine) meeting the scheme vehicle criteria will be considered as a private vehicle under this scheme;
• Goods vehicles will be eligible if they meet the vehicle criteria and have a vehicle design gross weight not exceeding 3,500 kilogrammes.