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Via Verde - racial discrimination and equality

VIA VERDE - RACIAL DISCRIMINATION AND EQUALITYNo EU country charges any foreign national vehicle differently for driving its highways. Portugal is different - highway robbery!!

Via Verde contravenes EU law on equality, discrimination and racism.

I am  a regular tourist in a Spanish registered car with a Via Verde transponder for Portuguese highways.  My SUV  car model is rated as Class 1, but Via Verde charge it as Class 2 – a bus!  The tariff is about double that of Class 1. 

Via Verde explained to me in person that it is their practice to “Charge double for foreign registered cars”, compared to a Portuguese car.

I argued this is in contravention of EU laws on Fundamental Rights.  The response was a pleasant shoulder shrug; the short necked syndrome I call it.

I have formulated an official complaint enlisting the FRA ( EU Fundamental Rights Agency) into pressurising Via Verde to conform, maybe with a fine.  Nemesis!

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0 #1 John Cowan 2022-07-30 21:22
Who in their right mind would charge double for a foreign-registered car? Do they not realise that Portugal has a very high economic dependency on foreign visitors? Somebody who made this decision in Via Verde is crazy, or stupid, or both! An official complaint is completely justified.

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