By John Ensor •
Published: 05 Aug 2023 • 18:32
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The impending introduction of tolls on Spain’s highways in 2024 is still seemingly unresolved, leaving citizens uncertain about what to expect, there have however been some developments.
Currently, the Government and the General Directorate of Traffic are embroiled in a debate, even as the European Commission clarifies the country’s commitment to implementing tolls without specifying a definite date, according to 20 Minutos, Saturday, August 5
The Director of the DGT, Pere Navarro, initially asserted that ‘from next year, there will be tolls on the Spanish motorways,’ but the Minister of Transport, Mobility and Urban Agenda, Raquel Sánchez, refuted this claim, stating that no public toll roads are planned for the following year. Nevertheless, the European Commission confirmed that tolls are indeed coming, though the timing and mechanics remain undisclosed.
So, who will be exempt from paying these tolls? The DGT has announced certain categories that will be spared the fees. Those travelling for work purposes, medical appointments, and students heading to educational institutions will not be subjected to the new toll collection systems.
It is expected that Spain’s highways will indeed see the introduction of tolls, but the exact timeline remains unknown. Drivers on essential trips for work, medical reasons, or education will be exempt from these fees.
While the exemption criteria are defined, uncertainties remain about potential benefits for low-income citizens and whether discounts will be granted to owners of eco-friendly cars.
As for the cost of these tolls, specifics are yet to be revealed, but indications suggest that the amounts will be kept to a minimum to maintain the highways, with prices per kilometre gradually increasing. For reference, in Portugal, drivers pay between nine and eleven cents through electronic toll booths, tied to their license plate numbers and associated payment methods.
As the nation waits for further clarification, the toll amounts are expected to be economical initially, with incremental increases in the future. Whether additional exemptions or discounts for eco-friendly vehicles and low-income citizens will be offered is yet to be disclosed.
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Originally from Doncaster, Yorkshire, John now lives in Galicia, Northern Spain with his wife Nina.
He is passionate about news, music, cycling and animals.
It was only a year ago that tolls were withdrawn from some Spanish motorways and relieved the minor roads of overbearing traffic congestion and ongoing repairs ,especially along the whole stretch of the N 332 .
Doesn’t make sense to re-introduce them and cause congestion again .
The sense is this is a stealth tax, what percentage of any western democracy do not drive. This is not for the green planet lobby, there will be no change even on the introduction the eco crippling eCars.
This again is overbearing EU dictat controlling EU member states for taking the poisoned chalice money that the EU has collected in taxes from the public and then deems to impose this money on EU member states with conditions attached for the same tax payers to pay even more. Readers judge for themself.
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