“A spokesperson for Halton Borough Council, said: “We are disappointed with the decision of the Traffic Penalty Tribunal Adjudicator. We believe the decision is incorrect and will be contesting it.

“Our message remains the same – there is a legal requirement to pay to use the Mersey Gateway Bridge, so please do so and pay on time.

“The Mersey Gateway continues to provide fast, clean, reliable journeys for over 70,000 vehicles a day and we would encourage everyone who takes advantage of this pay their toll/charge on time, by midnight the following day. More than 97% of users are doing this.”