Abolition of Bridge Tolls (Scotland) Act 2008
|Abolition of Bridge Tolls (Scotland) Act|
|Abolition of Bridge Tolls (Scotland) Act 2008|
|Date passed||7 December 2007|
|Date of Royal Assent||24 January 2008|
|Abolished tolls on all road bridges in Scotland|
|Status: In force|
The Abolition of Bridge Tolls (Scotland) Act is an Act of the Scottish Parliament passed in 2008 is a piece of legislation to abolish tolls on all road bridges in Scotland. In practice, it removed the remaining tolls on the Forth Road Bridge and the Tay Road Bridge and repealed legislation relating to the Erskine Bridge.
The Bill was a fulfilment of the commitment in the SNP manifesto for the May 2007 election to remove the tolls on the Forth and Tay Road Bridges. Leaving the two road bridges into and out of Fife as the only remaining toll bridges in Scotland was described as "unacceptable and unfair". The provisions of the Bill removed this anomaly, making the entire road network in Scotland "consistent and fair".
Passage through Parliament
The Bill was introduced as an Executive Bill by John Swinney MSP on 3 September 2007. The Abolition of Bridge Tolls (Scotland) Act 2008 asp 1 was passed by the Scottish Parliament on 7 December 2007. The act was given the Royal Assent on 24 January 2008.
- MSPs vote to scrap bridge tolls, BBC News, 20 December 2007
- Text of the Abolition of Bridge Tolls (Scotland) Act 2008 as in force today (including any amendments) within the United Kingdom, from legislation.gov.uk
- Policy Memorandum, Scottish Parliament, September 3, 2007
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