Paying for the roads

Payings for the roads.

06-05-2021

The Spanish government has unveiled a plan for introducing tolls on motorways. This is related to the recovery, transformation and resilience plan that the government has sent to the European Union. This plan has been required as part of the EU's 140,000 million euros funding for Spain.

The Council of Mallorca, which is responsible for motorways and main roads on the island, says that it has no information about the plan. In the event that it is raised, the Council adds that it will firmly oppose tolls.

Three motorways in Mallorca are part of the national high capacity network. The government's tolls would initially apply only to these, but the intention is to extend tolls to other motorways. The three are: the MA-1 Palma to Paguera; the MA-13 Palma to Sa Pobla; the MA-19 Palma to Llucmajor.

The government is targeting the introduction of tolls from 2024. It argues that tolls are needed to cover the deficit generated by the maintenance and upkeep of the country's extensive road network - this is put at 8,000 million euros.

The Council's mobility councillor, Ivan Sevillano, rejects this justification. "We do not have the deficit for maintenance that many motorways on the mainland have. Moreover, policies we have been adopting as a left-wing administration go in totally the opposite direction." The obvious example of this is the elimination of the Soller tunnel toll.

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William / Hace 5 months

Yes, very clever chaps, but are you really wanting to push the traffic through all the little pueblos with all the pollution that will create.

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Steve, Son Maties / Hace 5 months

Been saying this since I had a petrol station in 1967,- any taxes should go on the price of fuel, it's the only fair way to go...

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Martin / Hace 5 months

You vote them in you all should know as soon as there mouth moves they are talking crap

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john / Hace 5 months

You said it Adam. Guaranteed in life...death & more taxes.

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Adam / Hace 5 months

Great Charge the people who paid for the road to drive on the road , if you see a Little Blue Flag with yellow stars on the placktet then you know that was mostly paid for by German taxpayers and now they want them to pay again !

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