Economic News Highway tolls will rise between 5 and 6.65% in 2024

The Ministry of Transport and Sustainable Mobility has updated the toll rates of state-owned highways under administrative concession for 2024, which from January 1 will rise between 5 and 6

Economic News Highway tolls will rise between 5 and 6.65% in 2024

The Ministry of Transport and Sustainable Mobility has updated the toll rates of state-owned highways under administrative concession for 2024, which from January 1 will rise between 5 and 6.65%, depending on the specific conditions of each concession.

In a note, the department headed by Minister Óscar Puente explains that the update of the rates supported by users on the AP-51, AP-61, AP-6, AP-53, AP-66, AP-7 Alicante- Cartagena, AP-7 Málaga-Guadiaro, AP-68, AP-71, AP-9 and AP-46 has been approved through a ministerial order.

If the subsidies already planned were not continued in 2024, the increase in tolls would have exceeded 8.5%, clarifies Transport.

The authorized increase is due to the rise in the consumer price index, as contemplated in article 77 of the law on Fiscal, Administrative and Social Order Measures, and the extraordinary and temporary measures approved at the end of 2022 to limit the increase in prices. tolls at 4% in 2023.

Last year, a subsidy was enabled to mitigate the effects of inflation, since an increase of between 8.4 and 9.5% should have been applied, and the obligation to eliminate said subsidy at the end of 2026 was established. so that it would be passed on in stages over a period of three years.

According to Transport, the application of this measure has meant savings of more than 33 million euros for users in 2023, which have been borne by the Ministry; The amount represented by the subsidy in 2024 is estimated at 30 million.

In its note, Transport adds that, "in line with the Government's objective of supporting households", it has been decided not to raise the tolls of the highways managed by the State Society for Land Transport Infrastructure (SEITT) at this time. which due to financial problems reverted to the State, which have not increased since 2019, when they were reduced by 30% on average.