The Tamar Bridge and Torpoint Ferry tolls could be hiked by "any amount" without getting the go-ahead from the Government, under plans being considered.
Tolls at the crossings were last increased in March 2010, with the Tamar Tag - which offers half-price crossings - being introduced in 2007. The current toll is £1.50 for cars, or 75p for Tamar Tag users.
Plymouth City Council and Cornwall Council jointly run both the bridge and Torpoint Ferry that separate Devon and Cornwall and last month announced the discounted pre-paid electronic payment scheme to use both would increase by 80p a month.
New plans could see drivers who buy a Tamar Tag to use the crossing from Cornwall to Devon could face an 80 pence a month increase.
The committee that runs the Tamar Bridge and Torpoint Ferry say it's facing a shortfall of up to a million pounds a year. It's now looking at increasing the charge for the electronic tag. A public consultation has started this weekend and will run until 7th November.
The Tamar Bridge connecting Cornwall and Devon has been closed tonight while police deal with an ongoing incident. Officers are directing traffic at the scene.
The Tamar Bridge will be closed to allow an Olympic torchbearer to run across it to end the flame's journey through Cornwall.
The organisers have agreed to plans to carry the flame across the centre of the bridge on 19th May.
When the Tamar bridge was built just over fifty years ago, it was an engineering triumph. It was the longest suspension bridge in Britain.
But this great building project came at a cost. Seven people died during construction. Today (Tues) a memorial was unveiled and relatives laid flowers in tribute.