HM pays tax ... but the toll?

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BE­FORE head­ing to Ch­ester, the Queen and the Duchess of Sus­sex will pay a visit to Hal­ton bor­ough to of­fi­cially open the Mersey Gate­way cross­ing

And while most peo­ple are talk­ing about how to see the Royal duo or what Meghan will be wear­ing, some will have just one ques­tion on their minds – will the Queen have to pay the toll charge?

Bridge bosses re­cently widened the cri­te­ria for who can be ex­empt from its con­tro­ver­sial tolls but sadly, the Royal Fam­ily didn’t make the cut.

There are no toll booths, which means the Queen, like ev­ery­body else, will be sub­ject to the watch­ful eyes of Merseyflow’s 24 hour CCTV.

Drivers have un­til 11.59pm the next day to pay the £2 toll charge or face be­ing is­sued an au­to­matic £40 Penalty Charge No­tice (PCN).

The dead­line given is to urge peo­ple to pay quickly be­fore they for­get to do so and to min­imise the num­ber of PCNs is­sued.

Given that PCNs are be­ing is­sued at the rate of 800,000 a year this is not en­tirely work­ing out for Merseyflow, with many fines be­ing is­sued er­ro­neously or sim­ply be­cause peo­ple for­got to pay.

The eas­i­est way to pay the fee is on­line or on the phone with Merseyflow.

Mo­torists can also pay at the Merseyflow walk-in cen­tre or at a pay­zone out­let, but ac­cord­ing to the Royal itin­er­ary for to­day, Thurs­day, a pit­stop there hasn’t been fac­tored in.

Then there is the is­sue of the tolls tech­ni­cally not be­ing legally en­force­able fol­low­ing a land­mark TPT rul­ing in May.

The fact that the Queen is the Queen will prob­a­bly do, al­though one Twit­ter user sug­gested us­ing ‘the bridge hasn’t opened’ yet

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