Why M50 toll changes signal a future of higher charges for drivers

The government is considering linking charges on motorists to the length of a journey

Traffic on the M50 in Dublin. Picture:

When motorway toll charges were increased in January, there was a very muted political reaction with no Dáil motions and not even a single parliamentary question about it.

But fuel costs have surged in the meantime, with the cost of an 60-litre tank of diesel up from €80 to €130.

There was a public backlash when Transport Infrastructure Ireland, the state body which runs the national road network, announced that toll increases of 10-20 cent ...