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