Section 69 Joint boards for management, maintenance etc. of certain bridges
112.This section gives the Scottish Ministers powers to dissolve by order any body other than a roads authority which under any enactment has responsibility for the management and maintenance of certain bridges in Scotland (at present the only two bodies are the Forth Road Bridge Joint Board and the Tay Road Bridge Joint Board) and to transfer the property, rights and liabilities of that body to a new joint board. Subsection (2) sets out the provisions that may be specified in such an order.
113.Subsection (3) provides that a new joint board shall be deemed to be a joint board within the meaning of the Local Government (Scotland) Act 1973 (c.65); and to be a local traffic authority in relation to any road carried by the bridge for the purposes of Part 3 of the Act. Subsections (2)(c) and (3)(b) will enable any new joint board to plan for all modes of transport relating to travel across the relevant river, and where appropriate, bring forward a charging scheme under Part 3 of the Act.