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Thursday 24 August 2017

Legal battle over €13k in unpaid M50 tolls

Simon Parsons' car was sold
Simon Parsons' car was sold

A van driver has brought an action to set aside a court judgement, which found him liable for €13,000 in unpaid M50 toll charges.

Simon Parsons, of New Haven Bay, Balbriggan, Co Dublin, had been the subject of a Dublin District Court ruling in October, following an action by the National Roads Authority (NRA).

He was not present to defend the case in October, leading to a judgement in default amounting to €13,208, plus €1,004 in legal costs.

However, Mr Parsons claims he does not owe that much.

On December 6 last year, his Opel Corsa was seized by the Dublin County Sheriff and was sold in January for €1,100 to recoup some of the money sought by the NRA.

Dublin District Court yesterday heard Mr Parsons needed his car to bring his partner, who suffers from cerebral palsy, to medical appointments.

Discriminated

He was not able to use a computer and he argued that the eflow system discriminated against people with limited ability.

He also claimed he paid the tolls at a Topaz garage and he had all his receipts for every time he used the M50, which incurs a €3.10 charge.

Thomas Rice, for the NRA, asked the judge to note that Mr Parsons had been served with a civil claim notice in July.

He said Mr Parsons paid for 207 journeys on the M50, but had not paid for 210 trips.

The judge adjourned the case until May. He said that Mr Parsons had "sat on his hands" until his car was seized.

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