The Government studies with Brussels to address the maintenance of roads without tolls


The Government has assured that it does not intend to establish a price or tax for maintain the road network. so it He confirmed this Tuesday in the Council of Ministers, when he insisted on his continued work with the European Commission to find out how this measure can be carried out and whether it will be necessary in the long term or not.

This was indicated by the Government spokesperson, Isabel Rodríguez, at the press conference after the Council of Ministers. In response to the Executive’s negotiations to exclude highways and toll services of the highways of the reforms agreed with the European Union.

The Government together with the EC in the framework of the development of the Recovery Plan to see how we approach the maintenance of the road network to do it in such a way that do not have to make any payment for use. A global plan that also involves more sustainable mobility, promoting other uses and other mobility such as free public transport.

A broken commitment to the EU

Faced with the controversy that arose over the implementation of tolls on Spanish highways, the Minister of Transport, Raquel Sánchez, denied last week that the Government is thinking of introducing tolls for the use of highways, after the Director General of Traffic (DGT), Pere Navarro, said that Spain could begin its implementation in 2024, although later sorry for the confusion” that he had created.

Navarro’s statements came after the debate between the Prime Minister, Pedro Sánchez, and the PP candidate for the presidency, Alberto Núñez Feijóo, the latter told him that the Executive had sent a letter to the EU with the implementation of tolls.

Although the government initially yes he got engaged before Brussels to study the implementation of a system of payment for the use of the highways “from 2024”, later he recognized that there was not enough consensus between the administrations and agents involved to promote it, so the initiative was shelved sine die.

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