Local Government (Toll Roads) Act, 1979


1.—(1) In this Act—

“the explanatory statement” means the statement referred to in section 3 (2) of this Act;

“the Minister” means the Minister for the Environment;

“public road” means any road, street, lane, footpath, square, court, alley or passage and any part thereof, the responsibility for the maintenance of which lies on a road authority, and includes any bridge, viaduct, underpass, subway, tunnel, overbridge, flyover, pipe, arch, gulley, footpath, carriageway (whether single or multiple), pavement, railing, fence, wall, barrier, guardrail, margin, lay-by, hard shoulder, cycle track, island, median, central reserve, channelliser, roundabout, pole, bollard, wire, cable, sign, signal or lighting forming part of the road or other similar structure forming part of the road necessary for the safety, convenience or amenity of road users;

“road authority” means the council of a county, the corporation of a county or other borough or the council of an urban district;

“toll” means a toll chargeable under this Act;

“toll road” means a public road or proposed public road in respect of which a toll scheme is in force;

“toll scheme” means a scheme under section 3 of this Act.

(2) (a) References in this Act, in relation to a road authority, to a toll road are references to a toll road in either or both of the following areas, that is to say, the functional area of the authority or the functional area of another road authority that is a party to an agreement for the time being in force under section 10 of this Act to which the first-mentioned authority is also a party and which provides for the exercise by the first-mentioned authority of functions in relation to the toll road of the other authority.

(b) References in this Act, in relation to a road authority, to a public road are references to a public road in the functional area of that authority.

(3) References in this Act to a function include references to a power and a duty and references in this Act to the performance of a function include references to the exercise of a power and the carrying out of a duty.