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Final Notice Issued to Serial Toll Evaders at Tyne Tunnels

Final Notice Issued to Serial Toll Evaders at Tyne Tunnels

Thanks to most law-abiding customers, operator TT2 is celebrating the two-year anniversary of the open-road tolling system at Tyne Tunnels. But officials have become aware of a persistent group of serial toll evaders. These people regularly use the tunnels without making the required payments, which puts a financial burden on those who do pay and is unfair to those who do not. In this piece, we examine the problem, consider its implications, and talk about the last warning given to these tax evaders.

The Challenge of Toll Evasion

Of the 19 million yearly journeys through the Tyne Tunnels, nearly 98 percent are paid for on time. A tiny but sizable proportion, nevertheless, abuses the payment system. These toll evaders include big companies and SMEs in addition to individual drivers. It is shocking to learn that one motorist has accrued almost 1,100 journeys without paying, and that a company’s outstanding tolls have exceeded half a million pounds.

Open-Road Tolling Achievement

Even with the difficulties caused by repeat offenders, the switch to open-road tolling has been successful. Following a thorough two-year review of Tyne Tunnels’ data, the following is revealed:

  1. Increased Usage: More than 19 million vehicles have crossed the river via the tunnels in the last year, representing a 11.7% increase in vehicle usage. The effectiveness of the open-road tolling scheme is demonstrated by this surge.
  2. Improved Journey Times: Travel times are now shorter for commuters. Compared to the pre-open-road tolling era, the average journey time in October 2023 was 46 seconds faster northbound and 35 seconds faster southbound.

The Amnesty for Toll Evasion

TT2 has declared a four-week amnesty period, which will begin on Monday, 19 February, in order to confront the problem head-on. This is how it operates:

  1. Targeted Group: Drivers who have not paid their bills and have received a county court judgment (CCJ) for unpaid tolls are the only ones who are particularly targeted by the amnesty.
  2. Warning Letter: During the amnesty period, a letter will be sent to these repeat offenders advising them to pay any unpaid tolls within four weeks.
  3. Seizure of Goods: TT2 will petition the court for a writ to seize goods from the debt evaders if the debts are not paid.

CEO’s Position

The CEO of TT2, Adrian Wallace, highlights the significance of accountability and justice. “A minority of customers still use the tunnels without paying, despite the majority of customers having adjusted to the new payment system,” he says. Those who contribute to the public coffers will be unfairly burdened if nonpayment is not enforced. Those who refuse to pay will face severe consequences.”

The Real Money Situation

The Tyne Tunnels are private roads; no maintenance or operational assistance is provided by the central government. The tolls gathered are used for several purposes:

  1. Operation and Maintenance: Paying for the tunnels’ upkeep and operation.
  2. Debt Repayments: Paying back the loans taken out for the creation of the second tunnel.


While the fight against persistent toll dodgers is ongoing, TT2’s last warning makes it quite evident that compliance matters. Evaders have one more opportunity to pay off their debts as the amnesty period gets underway. This effort guarantees a sustainable and equitable system for the vast majority of law-abiding tunnel users. Hopefully, these last cautions will result in a more responsible and equitable use of the Tyne Tunnels going forward.

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