Severn Bridge toll a tax on Wales

Published:  16 December, 2009

CAERPHILLY: Glenside Commercials has started a petition calling for reduced Severn Bridge tolls.

Organisers said the crippling high cost of using the bridge is an unfair tax on businesses in Wales.

Denise Lovering of Glenside Commercials who organised the petition said: "Business owners and the public are effectively being taxed to live and work in this part of the UK. Some commercial vehicle operators pay tens of thousands of pounds each year just to do business in Wales. It is hard to justify, especially during these dire economic conditions".

Mrs Lovering said the tolls on the Severn are the highest in the UK and are set to rise again in January 2010, upon an order from the Secretary of State, in line with the Severn Bridges Act 1992. There is provision in the Act for the Secretary of State to amend the tolls, which would be a start in helping reduce the costs that road users in Wales are facing at present.

"The recession does not discriminate by region and neither should the Government. A rethink is needed if we are to avoid unfair penalising of those who choose to do business in Wales," she said.

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