Written answers

Thursday, 20 December 2012

Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport

Road Tolls

Photo of Pearse DohertyPearse Doherty (Donegal South West, Sinn Fein)
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To ask the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport the amount of money collected from road tolls to date in 2012; the amount of this money taken in by the State; if he will provide a breakdown based on the road the tolls were collected from and the companies operating them. [57245/12]

Photo of Alan KellyAlan Kelly (Tipperary North, Labour)
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This Question is about outlining the income from road tolling.

  The Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport, has responsibility for overall policy and funding in relation to the national roads programme. The implementation of individual national road schemes, including Public Private Partnership (PPP) projects which provide for tolling, are matters for the National Roads Authority (NRA) under the Roads Acts 1993-2007. Moreover, the statutory power to levy tolls on national roads, to make toll bye-laws and to enter into toll agreements with private investors in respect of national roads is very specifically vested in the NRA under Part V of the Roads Act, 1993 (as amended). The contracts for the privately-operated toll schemes are, therefore, commercial agreements between the NRA and the PPP concessionaires concerned.

  Bearing in mind the circumstances I have outlined, I am not in a position to provide information in relation to tolling income from these agreements or the dispersal of that income. However, the income from tolling activity on PPP routes is published in the NRA's annual accounts in global format. This would include income from all tolled roads including the M50 and Dublin Port Tunnel. Copies of the NRA's annual accounts for the years up to 2011 are available in the Dail Library.

In order to be of assistance to the Deputy, I am refering his Question to the NRA for further reply. Please advise Minister Varadkar's private office if you do not receive a reply within 10 working days.


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