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Government vows to continue cutting toll prices on A22

Portugal’s Minister of Territorial Cohesion said on Tuesday (June 29) that the government plans to continue reducing toll fees on the country’s ‘ex-SCUT’ highways, including the Algarve’s A22 motorway (also known as Via do Infante).

The latest price cut came into effect on Thursday (July 1), reducing fees by 50% for vehicles with combustion engines and 75% for electric and “non-polluting” vehicles (click here).

“We have to continue reducing toll fees, our priority being the A22 and interior,” Ana Abrunhosa told Lusa news agency.

The proposal to reduce toll fees was put forward by PSD and approved during the 2021 Stage Budget voting.

The PS socialist government initially opposed the proposal, questioning its constitutionality. However, the minister finally confirmed on May 19 that the proposal would come into force on July 1.

Said Abrunhosa, the government “always defended the reduction of tolls” but stressed that it should be done “gradually, as the impact is strong”.

The government is expecting the toll reduction to cost the State’s coffers around €160 million per year.

michael.bruxo@algarveresident.com