Update car ownership details to avoid incorrect toll charges

Tolling provider eFlow has urged Tipperary-based motorists to ensure they update their car ownership details when purchasing or selling cars this January.

Tolling provider eFlow has urged Tipperary-based motorists to ensure they update their car ownership details when purchasing or selling cars this January.

Last year, over 25,393 Irish motorists failed to update ownership details of cars they had sold and as a result, received toll payment notices for charges incurred by the new owner of the car.

Similarly, a small number of unregistered motorists who failed to pay their toll charge subsequently didn’t receive a reminder notice from eFlow as it was sent to the registered owner of the vehicle, not the current owner.

Unpaid toll charges can incur fines if gone unpaid for a period.

“It’s a simple case of filling in the new owner details of the vehicle when buying or selling and returning it to the National Vehicle and Driver File (NVDF)” said Simon McBeth, Director of Communications and Customer Relations at eFlow.

“We want to avoid the situation where our customers get toll payment notices for journeys they did not make because the car ownership details have not been updated and they remain the registered owner of the vehicle’, said Mr McBeth.

eFlow also urged registered customers to notify them of any change of address or contact details so their own files can be updated.

The National Vehicle Driver File is a database containing registered vehicles and their owners as well as licensed drivers in the country.

The law requires that all changes of vehicle ownership must be notified to the Department of Transport and the changes recorded on the NVDF.

“It is the responsibility of both motorists and car dealers around the country to ensure the NVDF is updated with the correct registered owner of the vehicle,” Mr McBeth concluded.

Over 650,000 Irish motorists are eFlow registered customers and benefit from automatic toll payment on all toll roads in Ireland.