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Toll costs have shut down 3,000 transport businesses

lorryThe cost of tolls on Portugal’s formerly free SCUT roads has led to the closing down of 3,000 transport companies according to the Carriers Association, which fears the situation may worsen.

The implementation of tolls on the former free roads includes the Algarve’s Via do Infante/A22 motorway where high toll fees deter many trade and private drivers from using the east-west route.

In the north of the country there are three motorways that used to be free but tolls were imposed by the coalition government which signed PPP contracts that are so taxpayer-adverse that they defy polite description.

Toll charges have enriched Infraestruturas de Portugal, formerly Estradas de Portugal, by €422 million just from the transport company sector.

"Three thousand transport companies have closed in the last three years, the fault of tolls on SCUT roads," says the president of the National Association of Road Goods Public Transport (ANTRAM), Gustavo Duarte, who said "the price of fuel, taxes and red tape," had not helped the dire situation for the transport sector.

Duarte fears that the number of bankruptcies may increase if no measures are taken by the government.

The situation in the Algarve is worsened by the lack of a suitable alternative to the motorway and the fact that over ¾ of the costs of the Via do Infante were paid for by the EC as a regional development grant.


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0 #6 Karel 2015-10-18 17:31
Dear Dean, please do not plug new bugs in GNR's ears ! That only makes more miserable people and solves nothing.
+2 #5 Joao Martins 2015-10-17 22:07
'' closing down of 3,000 transport companies '' along with their idiot drivers that show no respect for the road rules or other drivers, now target the fish.
+1 #4 liveaboard 2015-10-16 19:18
So is that much less freight being carried?
Or have the surviving transport companies absorbed the extra business?
+2 #3 Dean 2015-10-16 14:48
Portugal's Knights of the Road (i.e. lorry drivers) are a typically shabby lot as tax payers
If you have ever hired one you will know that their trick to keep their earnings off the radar is to ask for half the charge as cash.
This being Portugal no-one correlates the tachograph mileage to the receipt to work out that, at 15 miles to the gallon, how come you only spent x in fuel going all that way ?
+2 #2 Chip the Duck 2015-10-16 08:31
Never mind about the lost businesses , their owners and employees, so long as the government are coining it in and getting pats on the head from Brussels.
+3 #1 Karel 2015-10-15 21:36
Sorry man, elections are over and nobody is interested in the toll problems. After all, this is a PPP and as such is standing far above the law. Didn't you know that ?

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