The eFlow "barrier free" tolling system was introduced on the M50 motorway (Ireland) around Dublin on 30 August 2008. [ [http://www.nra.ie/GeneralTollingInformation/eFlow-BarrierFreeTolling/ Information about eFlow on the National Roads Authority website] ] [ [http://www.citizensinformation.ie/categories/travel-and-recreation/roads-and-safety/national_toll_roads_in_irelandArticle on CitizensInformation.ie about toll roads in Ireland] ]

Like other eToll systems, it allows cashless payment on all of Ireland's toll roads. eFlow uses overhead cameras and detectors to read electronic tags or number plates on vehicles.

In 2007 the National Roads Authority awarded the contract to construct and operate the new tolling system for the M50 to BetEire Flow, a French consortium of toll operator SANEF and tolling system designer CS. [ [http://www.rte.ie/news/2007/0214/m50.html Article on RTE.ie about awarding of the contract] ] Both companies have worked on similar electronic tolling systems in Europe and North America.

eFlow tags are "fully interoperable": motorists can use them on all other eToll plazas on Ireland's road network.

Electronic tags from other providers - MiniTag, Eazy Pass, eTrip, Eirtag, PassDirect and Tolltag - can also be used on the M50.

With the introduction of the electronic system, the toll booths began to be dismantled in September 2008, and drivers are now able to pass through the toll point at normal driving speed. [ [http://www.independent.ie/breaking-news/national-news/traffic-moving-freely-with-barrierfree-tolling-1466861.html Article in the Independent about eFlow] ] [ [http://www.irishtimes.com/newspaper/breaking/2008/0830/breaking8.htm Article in The Irish Times about the dismantling of the barriers] ] Bottlenecks at the old toll barriers often caused long tailbacks, which were often featured in the The Automobile Association (Ireland) (or simply AA Ireland) Roadwatch traffic reports. [ [http://www.independent.ie/national-news/drivers-to-face-euro3-toll-on-m50-bottleneck-1084859.html Article on M5O in The Independent] ]

External links

* [http://eflow.ie/ eFlow]
* [http://www.nra.ie/ National Roads Authority]


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