July 03, 2017 at 10:51 AM
The Freight Transport Association (FTA) has called on the government to honour its pre-election promise to scrap charges on the Severn Bridge.
The toll to use the bridges, which cross the Severn Estuary on the M4 an M48 into Wales, currently costs £20 for HGVs and £13.40 for vans. The FTA say this places a huge burden on haulage businesses costing the sector £millions.
FTA head of policy for Wales and the South West, Ian Gallagher, has said “Removal of tolls on the Severn Bridges has been a key FTA priority for many years, so the election commitment by all parties to end the charges was welcome. FTA members are now looking for a firm guarantee from the Government to deliver on this promise to deliver much needed revenue to business at a time when inflationary pressure continues to grow.”
When administration of the bridges reverts to central government in 2018, toll charging will automatically end, but a new charging system is planned. The FTA has called on the government needs to scrap charges completely at the first opportunity.
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