ref date:28 Jan 2000 (ECON)
Skye bridge tolls to rise again
The government in London, much criticised for its continued charging of
tolls to use the Forth Road bridge connecting Edinburgh with Fife, and charging
ridiculous fees to cross the Skye bridge are set to increase fees again.
The European court finds that if they (London) insisted on collecting tolls,
these are a service and as such are liable to the 17.5% Value Added Tax (VAT).
As London never did this, and as London pockets all the cash from these
bridges, they are now in a quandry.
SNP Shadow Transport Minister Kenny Macaskill
said: "The tolls must go. Each year, the Scottish
motorist pays around £16m in tolls for bridges
which have already been paid for. These bridges
are running in profit and it's the Scottish motorist
who is bankrolling the profits. Now we may be
expected to bankroll Westminster with VAT
receipts."VAT would bypass Scotland and go
straight to the UK Treasury without a penny's
worth of benefit to Scotland. There must be no
question of Scotland footing the bill for back
Nice one London......