Government says road tolls should be even higher
Santo Domingo.- The head of the RD Vial Trust Fund Coordinating Office on Monday justified the higher tolls, which aim to increase revenue from RD$200 million to RD$300 million per month, to build, expand, recover and maintain roads and highways across the country.
Eyla Vargas also said Public Works conducts the necessary studies to build other toll plazas on various roads.
Vargas, speaking with El Nuevo Diario editor in chief Persio Maldonado, said the Trust is open to dialogue, but affirmed that the right thing would be to raise tolls from 30 pesos, to 104 pesos. “Most drivers have accepted paying the rebalanced fee.”
The official said collections at toll stations managed by the Trust were around RD$200.0 million per month (RD$2.4 billion per year), and will now reach RD$300.0 million per month, or around RD$3.6 billion per year.
She said the higher tolls on the Las Americas, Duarte, 6 de Noviembre and Coral highways have now been indexed, which had been in effect since 2002. “With this initiative the classification criteria is standardized, relating the payment amount directly to the number of axles of the vehicle, and with the same some users will see their rates increases, while others receive reductions.”
Sep 9, 2016
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