2018 brings higher toll prices on Algarve’s A22 motorway

The arrival of the New Year has seen toll fees increase on the Algarve’s A22 motorway, a road that is already blasted for imposing charges that many drivers consider “illegal”.

The new rates apply to several sections of the motorway and different categories of vehicles, national infrastructure authority Infraestruturas de Portugal (IP) has announced.

For ‘Class 1’ vehicles, which include passenger vehicles, three sections have seen toll prices rise – Mexilhoeira to Alvor (now 45 cents), Albufeira/IP1 to Boliqueime (€1.15) and Tavira to Monte Gordo (€1.75).

For these vehicles, driving the entirety of the motorway will now cost €8.85.

Prices have also increased for ‘Class 2’ vehicles on the stretches between Lagoa and Alcantarilha (now €1.50), Loulé/Quarteira and Faro/Airport (65 cents), the eastern junction near Estoi and Moncarapacho (€2.25) and Tavira and Monte Gordo (€3.05), and for ‘Class 3’ vehicles between East Faro and Moncarapacho (€2.90) and between Albufeira/IP1 and Boliqueime (€2.60).

These last two sections have also seen prices rise for ‘Class 4’ vehicles (to €3.20 and €2.90 respectively), as well as between Tavira and Monte Gordo (€4.35).

As IP explains, 161 of Portugal’s 500 tolled road sections have seen prices rise, with drivers paying mostly five cents more. There are only a few cases where the price hikes reached 10 cents, the entity explains.

The Resident contacted IP for more information about the reasons behind the price increases but was given a short explanation about how the prices are changed at the start of every year.

“The updating of toll prices is envisaged in the concession contract and is carried out on the first month of every year by the Ministry of Planning and Infrastructures, taking into account the evolution of the Consumer Price Index (CPI, or IPC in Portuguese),” said IP in a written response to the Resident.

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