30% discount for regular motorways

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To offset the increase of tolls from 1.8% to 1.9%st February, the highway companies have agreed, Thursday 17 January, to make a gesture for regular travel. This reduction, "without compensation" according to the government, could benefit a million drivers.

This is an unprecedented concession that the motorway concessionaires accepted on January 17: a 30% discount on the price of tolls for motorists who make at least ten round trips per month, with no distance limits, from 1st February. And this, transport minister Élisabeth Borne insisted in front of the journalists, without any counterpart of the state, local authorities or users …

The highway toll increases the government of worries

Details of the transaction should be known by the end of the month on the websites of motorway companies. We already know that the price of the subscription that allows this discount will not exceed € 2.5 per month and will only be offered to drivers of cars or motorcycles. These new offers will be added to the local subscription formulas already available for peri-urban commuting.

In practice, a motorist must indicate in advance what the route in question is and must have an electronic toll badge. The 30% discount should apply from the 11is round trip detected, but also retroactively on the top 10.

€ 29.20 savings between Verdun and Metz

According to some examples provided by the government, a driver who traveled 10 times a month between Verdun and Metz had to pay monthly € 102 tolls in 2018 and will pay only € 72.80, saving 29.20. €. Likewise, the motorist who makes 10 return journeys between Nîmes and Montpellier paid € 60 a month and will pay only € 43.40.

"Almost a million drivers could benefit from this offer"said Borne, who said that the 30% rebate could cost the dealers tens of millions of euros. According to the ministry, this last one would not have gone that far in the first place.

However, according to the ministry, they also had an interest in moving in the current situation. Their tolls have been particularly affected by the deterioration of "Yellow jackets". Furthermore, they know that the debate on the acquisition of motorway concessions is recurrent in France.

An increase of 1.8% to 1.9%

This effort is therefore necessary, as every year, toll rates must increase 1st February. An evolution that should reach an average of 1.8% or 1.9% and set according to strict calculation rules based on contracts that bind the state to dealers.

Vests yellow, Vinci renounces the money lost to tolls

Disappointed, such an increase has fallen very badly in the context of "yellow jackets", so this government request for the highway companies and the acceptance of them. On the other hand, the government does not intend to freeze tariffs as in 2015 on the initiative of the former Minister of Ecology Ségolène Royal. A gel that results in a recovery from 2019. On the increase of 1.8% to 1st February, this account is recovering for about 0.3%.

Michel Waintrop

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