By Laura Kemp • 03 June 2021 • 13:33
Nerja Town Council Rejects The Government's Claim To Impose Road Tolls. Image - Ayuntamiento de Nerja
The plenary session of the town council rejected the National Government’s claim to impose tolls on state highways yesterday, June 2.
THE plenary session of the town council rejected the National Government’s claim to impose tolls on state highways yesterday, June 2. The proposal, presented by the mayor of Nerja, José Alberto Armijo, the councillor for Security and Transport, Francisco Arce, and the spokesperson for the Municipal Group of the Popular Party, Gema García, also urged the Government to agree with the Autonomous Communities on any measure in relation to the financing and maintenance of the roads of the state network. The proposal, which has not had the support of the PSOE, has been endorsed by the Popular Party, Adelante, Ciudadanos and VOX.
During his speech, the councillor for Security and Transport, Francisco Arce, lamented that “if these tolls were imposed on the highways and roads, it would economically harm Nerjeños and Mareños, making them pay doubly for something that is paid via direct, indirect taxes and fees.”
In addition, the councillor emphasised that “the measure would mean a considerable reduction in the income of important sectors such as transport, tourism or commerce.”
Arce has also made reference to the fact that the Government’s proposal “will directly affect the right to move and circulate freely throughout the national territory since the measure would affect the network of more than 12,000 kilometres of free high-capacity roads that backbone Spain, which would come to be considered close to highways, which would cause it to opt for free alternative routes, of which some are much more dangerous.”
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