Tamar Tag users face new monthly fee
The cost of using the Tamar Bridge and Torpoint Ferry could be set to increase by 80p a month in a bid to plug a £1m-a-year budget gap.
The Tamar Bridge and Torpoint Ferry Joint Committee has launched a public consultation exercise to get reaction to a plan to charge Tamar Tag users 80p a month on top of their crossing fees.
Over the next few years the committee's costs are forecast to exceed income by between £500,000 to £1 million a year.
The Joint Committee believes that the fairest and most efficient solution is to introduce a Tamar Tag account fee of 80p a month from April 2014.
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This fee would reflect the cost of providing tags and running the pre-paid electronic payment scheme, which is currently used by 60 per cent of customers to get half-price crossings.
Introducing this charge would ensure that both cash and discount tolls could remain unchanged for at least three years.
Leaflets and questionnaires will be issued to users of both crossings.
TamarTag users on the bridge will be identified from their tag transactions and subsequently contacted so they will not need to stop at booths to collect paper copies.
Other key stakeholders will be consulted directly.
The consultation will run until November 7, 2013.