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ERSKINE TOLLS REINSTATED

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Tolls were reinstated at the Erskine Bridge last night. ...
Tolls were reinstated at the Erskine Bridge last night.

The Erskine Bridge Tolls Act 2001 passed through all the necessary stages in the Scottish parliament on Thursday 6 September. The Act came into force on royal assent and will have immediate effect.

The Act corrects the error which led to tolling being stopped at the Erskine Bridge on 30 August, and reinstates the statutory basis for the collection of tolls. The Act takes effect retrospectively to 2 July 2001.

Tolling at the Erskine Bridge was halted on Thursday 30 August following the discovery of an administrative error, which meant that the power to collect tolls had expired on 1 July 2001.

In order to correct this error the transport and planning minister, Sarah Boyack, introduced the Erskine Bridge Tolls Bill in the Scottish parliament. Taken under emergency procedures, the Bill passed all of the necessary parliamentary stages on Thursday 6 September and has now received royal assent.

The Erskine Bridge Tolls Act 2001 reinstates tolling powers at the Bridge, and acts retrospectively to 2 July, giving full statutory authority to tolls collected between that date and the evening of 30 August. In consequence, no refunds for tolls made during this period will be made.

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