By Natasha Brewer •
Published: 04 Jun 2021 • 9:49
The Nerja City Council rejects the Government's claim to impose road tolls. Image: Facebook
The Nerja Town Council rejects the Government’s claim to impose road tolls.
THE Nerja Town Council’s plenary session has rejected the National Government’s plan to impose tolls on the State’s highways and roads. The proposal, which was presented by Nerja mayor José Alberto Armijo, councillor for Safety and Transport Francisco Arce, and Gema Garca, spokesperson for the Popular Party’s Municipal Group, also urges the government to reach an agreement with the Autonomous Communities on any measure relating to the financing and conservation of the state network roads. The initiative, which was not endorsed by the PSOE, was backed by the Partido Popular, Adelante, Ciudadanos, VOX, and a councillor who was not affiliated.
Francisco Arce, councillor for Safety and Transport, bemoaned during his statement that “imposing these tolls on motorways and highways would be economically detrimental to Nerjeos and Mareos, having them pay twice for something that is already paid for through direct and indirect taxes and fees.” Additionally, the councillor stated that “the proposal will result in a significant reduction in the revenue of critical sectors such as transportation, tourism, and commerce.”
Arce also made reference to the fact that the government’s proposal “would directly affect the right to move and circulate freely throughout the national territory, as it would affect the network of more than 12,000 kilometres of free high-capacity roads that form the backbone of Spain, which would be considered to be close to motorways, causing people to opt for alternative free modalities.”
As reported by Axarquia Plus
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