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TOLLS will not be removed from the Forth and Tay road bridges until at least the end of January, The Scotsman has learned.
ROAD tolls will be blocked north of the Border by ministers refusing to pass the legislation needed to make them work in Scotland, Government insiders revealed last night.
SCRAPPING tolls on the Forth and Tay road bridges will incur one-off costs of up to £21 million, ministers said yesterday as they published measures paving the way for the move on 1 January next year.
KEN Livingstone faced a green backlash yesterday over his plans to give at least 25,000 small cars free access to the congestion-charge zone in London.
LABOUR yesterday pledged to scrap tolls on the Tay Road Bridge and waive charges for cars with passengers on the Forth Road Bridge in a move which is expected to cost taxpayers more than £3 million a year.
THE Liberal Democrats have abandoned plans to push for pay-as-you-drive road charging in Scotland ahead of the rest of Britain.
THE journey from Edinburgh to Glasgow could cost drivers £40 under government plans to introduce road charging, Alex Salmond claimed yesterday.
TAVISH Scott, the transport minister, defended his controversial plan for road tolls in Scotland yesterday, claiming it would be a replacement tax on motorists, not an additional tax.
TONY Blair insisted yesterday that pay-as-you-drive road pricing must be considered to tackle congestion, as he sent an e-mail response to the 1.8 million people who signed an online petition against the scheme.
JACK McConnell yesterday admitted that tolls on the Forth Road Bridge might have to be retained to help pay for a new crossing.
THE Government was today defiant over its plan to bring in road pricing on Britain's trunk routes despite growing opposition to the scheme.
THE Tories will try to turn up the heat on the Executive over pay-as-you-drive road charging in a Holyrood debate on Thursday.
ENVIRONMENTALISTS today urged Scotland's political leaders to explore the use of congestion charging to tackle Scotland's transport problems.
WE HAVE had a worrying insight into the mindset of the Cabinet in recent days. An online petition on the Downing Street website had registered almost 1.5 million electronic signatures from Britons thoroughly enraged by the government's proposal to introduce road-charging, whereby drivers would pay a fee according to distance driven.
MOTORING organisations and opposition MSPs expressed concern yesterday that the new £1.25m number-plate recognition camera network was the first step towards introducing road tolls in Scotland.
A MOTORISTS' pressure group yesterday called on the government to scrap plans for road charging after an online petition opposing the project passed the one million-signature mark.
LABOUR'S chief whip at Holyrood today announced he had quit his post in order to vote against the Scottish Executive and abolish tolls on the Forth Road Bridge.
THE Scottish Executive was today facing the possibility of an embarrassing defeat on scrapping tolls on the Forth Road Bridge.