Palma.—The increase was approved yesterday morning by the Council of Majorca who said the rises have been made in line with the cost of living index. There will be changes in tariff for all forms of transport using the tunnel.

Motorcycle riders will pay 50 cents a time if they are resident and 1.90 euros for those who don't live in the municipalities of Soller or Fornalutx. Lorry and coach drivers will also have to pay more. Drivers of vehicles with just one axle will have to pay 7.50 euros if they are not local residents but those who have a subsidy agreement with the Balearic government will be charged just 1.90 euros.

However, the rate that has risen the most is that which will be charged drivers of double axle lorries and coaches. They will now have to pay 8.55 euros for using the tunnel, 15 cents more than previously. Residents will pay 2.20 euros.

Councillor for the President's Office in the Council of Majorca, Jaume Joan said that overall, the tunnel toll has gone up by 2 percent.
Unsurprisingly, the increase has not been welcomed with a user lobby handing in protests yesterday at government offices in Palma. Placards held by protesters pointed out that the toll for the Soller tunnel is one of the most expensive in Spain and that nearly 2'000 people who are resident in Fornalutx or Soller are officially complaining about the fact that the Balearic government has still not paid them back subsidies.

The payments of subsidies to local Soller tunnel users has become so delayed, said a spokesman for the user lobby, that many people who need to journey through the tunnel every day to Palma and elsewhere to get to work, are finding themselves out of pocket. More action is planned.

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