DEFENCE FORCES WHETHER EXEMPTION FROM TOLLS WHILST TRAVELLING ON DUTY EXTENDS TO CHARGES FOR USE OF PRIVATE BRIDGES
DEFENCE ACTS 1903-1904, s. 70
The following memorandum has been referred to me for advice:
A question having been raised by the Audit Department as to whether a charge for use of private bridges, etc. by troops on duty should be made in view of section 70 of the Defence Acts 1903-1904,1 would be glad if a ruling can be given.
It has hitherto been considered that the paragraph referred to was intended to apply to bridges, etc. on which the toll is paid to the Government.
I am of opinion-
- that section 70 applies to all bridges, public or private, over which the public generally have a right of passage or are allowed passage on payment of a due or toll, and
- that section 70 does not apply to private bridges which are not available for the use of the public generally.
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