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Dartford-Thurrock Crossing Act 1988

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11Power to levy tolls for use of the crossing

(1)Subject to and in accordance with the following provisions of this Part of this Act, tolls may be levied in respect of vehicles using either of the tunnels or the bridge.

(2)Below in this Act “toll” means a toll leviable under this Part of this Act.

(3)Tolls may be levied by a person appointed by the Secretary of State, if the requirements of subsection (4) below are met in relation to that person’s appointment.

(4)The appointment must be made under a contract between the Secretary of State and the person appointed providing for the construction by that person of the bridge (whether or not together with any other of the scheduled works) and the maintenance by that person—

(a)as from such date as may be provided by or under the contract, of the tunnels and such other parts of the crossing as may be specified in the contract; and

(b)as from such later date as may be so provided, of the whole of the crossing;

and that contract must not have been preceded by any contract between the Secretary of State and any other person providing for the construction of the bridge.

(5)The appointment shall be subject to such terms and conditions as may be agreed in the contract.

(6)Where the contract comes to an end otherwise than—

(a)on exercise by the person appointed of any right of his to terminate the contract in consequence of any breach by the Secretary of State of his obligations under the contract; or

(b)at the end of the period allowed under section 16 of this Act for the levy of tolls by the person appointed in default of earlier termination of his appointment;

tolls may be levied by the Secretary of State.

(7)Tolls shall be leviable by the person appointed under this section—

(a)as from the transfer date, as respects vehicles using either of the tunnels; and

(b)as from the date on which the bridge is first open for public use, as respects vehicles using the bridge;

until the end of the period so allowed or the termination of his appointment, whichever first occurs.

(8)If subsection (6) above applies, tolls shall be leviable by the Secretary of State as respects vehicles using either of the tunnels or the bridge as from the time when the contract comes to an end or, where it comes to an end before the date applicable in the case of the vehicles in question in accordance with subsection (7)(a) or (b) above, as from that date.

(9)In this Act “the crossing” means—

(a)the tunnel crossing;

(b)the bridge (including the highway carried by it); and

(c)any land which may be acquired by the Secretary of State in exercise of any of his powers under Part XII of the 1980 Act in relation to any trunk road or other land forming part of the crossing by virtue of paragraph (a) or (b) above;

but as respects any time before the bridge is open for public use references below in this Act to the crossing shall be read as referring only to the tunnel crossing and such other parts of the crossing as the context may require.

(10)References in this Act to the toll period are references—

(a)to the period allowed under section 16 of this Act for the levy of tolls by the person appointed under this section in default of earlier termination of his appointment; or

(b)if subsection (6) above applies, to the period beginning with the transfer date and ending at the end of the period allowed under that section for the levy of tolls by the Secretary of State.

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