FOR the first time in four years, tolls on motorways throughout Spain will be increased.
After both a price freeze and two slight reductions in the cost, prices will increase by around 2 per cent; the measure coinciding with recent data suggesting that more vehicles are using the country’s toll roads.
The three-year freeze was due to an agreement reached in 2002 between the Government and those given the concession to operate the roads, and was then linked to the Consumer Price Index (CPI). The latter figure meant that the tolls had to be reduced by 0.4 and 0.6 per cent. However, this now means that as from January 1, 2018 the tolls will need to be increased by 1.91 per cent.
The higher prices mean that the toll between Alicante and Valencia will increase by just 30 cents to €17.30. Drivers will see a 10 cent rise between Benidorm and Alicante and those on the A-7 stretch to Cartagena will see the price of the tolls needing to be paid at booths in Los Montesinos and La Zenia upped by between 5 and 10 cents.