Motorists are being reminded to update their toll tag account details when buying and selling a vehicle this January.
New car registrations surpassed 146,000 in 2016, the highest since 2008 and it is expected that cars sales for 2017 might be similar.
Final sales figures for 2016 also showed that Light Commercial Vehicles sales increased by 18.3 per cent while Heavy Goods Vehicles registrations were up by 31.3 per cent compared to 2015.
Provider Easytrip is urging new car and van owners to keep their vehicle details up to date with easytrip to avoid incurring toll bills and in particular eflow penalty notices from use of the M50.
Possible scenarios that can lead to paying unnecessary toll charges include:
Buying a new car: Car owners who have bought a new car and transferred their existing tag to it but have forgotten to update their account details risk receiving a toll bill (billed at the higher rate ) and penalty charge if they have travelled through the M50 toll plaza as the new car registration is not connected to their toll tag account.
Selling the old car: Car owners who have sold their old car and inadvertently left their tag in the car and have not updated their toll tag account, can be charged if the new owner continues to use the tag at most barrier toll plazas, racking up a bill connected to the account.
“We don’t penalise customers and we don’t want to see our customers charged unnecessarily and so we want to remind our customers to remove their tag if selling or trading in their vehicle this January and to update their easytrip account details accordingly,” says Colin Delaney, general manager, easytrip. “Likewise if you’re purchasing a new vehicle, please ensure that you update your account once change of ownership has been finalised.”