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Toll Bridges

Volume 344: debated on Wednesday 1 March 1939

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asked the Minister of Transport in how many instances since the Act was passed have the facilities provided by paragraph (b) of Sub-section (2) of Section 53 of the Road Traffic Act, 1930, been used by highway authorities with the approval of his Department in connection with the freeing of toll-bridges; and whether, in view of the present restriction upon funds available for highway improvement, he will co-operate with highway authorities in arranging for the freeing of remaining toll-bridges by permitting them, under this paragraph, to recoup part of the cost involved by taking the tolls themselves for a limited period after purchase?

Since 1930, 19 toll bridges have been purchased with the assistance of grants from the Road Fund with a view to being freed from tolls. In no instance have the facilities provided under Section 53 (2) (b) of the Road Traffic Act, 1930, been used. I am prepared to consider on their merits any proposals which may be submitted to me by highway authorities in connection with the freeing of remaining toll bridges.