Traffic on the A22 decreased 58% in the first two months of the year, in comparison to the same period in 2011.
Data sent by the government to the Algarve Câmaras Association (Comunidade Intermunicipal do Algarve – AMAL) revealed that six in 10 drivers were no longer using the tolled Via do Infante.
In December 2011, when tolls were introduced, traffic reduced by 48%, but the trend of drivers opting for alternative roads continues with more choosing not to pay the toll fees.
Macário Correia, president of AMAL, said: “Traffic on the A22 has been falling month on month.”
The number of vehicles on the Via do Infante is expected to decrease further after the period of resident toll exemptions ends on June 30.
“Let’s hope the government agrees to extend this period as proposed by AMAL,” he said.
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