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'Scrap the Tolls' vote quashed by Socialist MPs

tollsThe proposal to scrap the tolls on the Algarve’s Via do Infante motorway has been rejected by MPs in a vote last Friday.

This is the ninth time this subject has come up for debate and the ninth time it has been rejected by Socialist Party MPs, despite the abolition of tolls being a pre-election promise by António Costa before he became the prime minister.

The proposal also was rejected by the opposition PSD and CDS-PP parties and not exactly helped by abstentions from Communist Part and some Left Bloc MPs.

Socialist MPs, Luís Graça, Jamila Madeira, Fernando Anastácio and Ana Passos voted in favour of abolition but theirs are small voices in this debate that has good sense on its side but powerful economic interests ensuring the status quo is maintained.

Socialist MP, Fernando Anastácio, said that, "his electoral commitment for this legislature was to reduce the cost of tolls," which has happened but not so much that anyone has really noticed.

Algarve Left Bloc MP, João Vasconcelos, said that the number of fatal accidents on the EN125 ‘road of death’ continues to rise and that he "considers it unfair to collect tolls from taxpayers."

The User Commission of the Via do Infante (CUVI) said that between 1st and 21st of January, there were 453 road accidents in the region, 39 more than last year, with 2 fatalities and 11 serious injuries.

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+2 #6 nogin the nog 2019-02-13 00:31
Quoting Hamilton:
This does emphasise a common critique that democracy in less developed countries is a waste of time. Dictatorship or single party governance gets results in the earliest stages of evolution. All Portuguese MP's - Left, Centre, Right - regardless of what label they give themselves, are just fronts for the heavyweight families and business interests that owned and ran Portugal in Salazar's time and many of these for centuries before. Thanks to us damned British keeping the Portuguese show on the road !

Hmm
Democracy is a lovely idea. :-*
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+3 #5 Chip 2019-02-11 13:06
4 years ago the EU ruled the tolls were illegal and were going to turn the full force of the European Court on Portugal.

https://algarvedailynews.com/news/4765-ec-rules-that-portugal-s-tolls-are-illegal

Another example of the calculated duplicity of Brussels.
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+3 #4 AL 2019-02-11 10:08
Perhaps we should send a Notice of Liability to every MP that voted against the scrapping of tolls on the A22, make them personal responsible for the increase of accidents and deaths on the EN125.
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-2 #3 AL 2019-02-11 10:02
Quoting Hamilton:
This does emphasise a common critique that democracy in less developed countries is a waste of time. Dictatorship or single party governance gets results in the earliest stages of evolution. All Portuguese MP's - Left, Centre, Right - regardless of what label they give themselves, are just fronts for the heavyweight families and business interests that owned and ran Portugal in Salazar's time and many of these for centuries before. Thanks to us damned British keeping the Portuguese show on the road !

When you come down your high horse, then we can talk politics.
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-1 #2 Boris H 2019-02-10 22:12
Quote from Hamilton: Thanks to us damned British keeping the Portuguese show on the road !
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The British can't even keep it's own show on the road...
Let's hope they can sort out the circus that has become an embarrassing mess for Britain.

You are sadly lacking in
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-1 #1 Hamilton 2019-02-10 17:17
This does emphasise a common critique that democracy in less developed countries is a waste of time. Dictatorship or single party governance gets results in the earliest stages of evolution. All Portuguese MP's - Left, Centre, Right - regardless of what label they give themselves, are just fronts for the heavyweight families and business interests that owned and ran Portugal in Salazar's time and many of these for centuries before. Thanks to us damned British keeping the Portuguese show on the road !
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