In the first 6 days of circulation, there are no discounts.
Traveling on the Via do Infante will be cheaper from July. This is one of the seven old SCUTs (motorways at no cost to the user) where there will be discounts of up to 40% for the most frequent users of these routes.
The measure is part of the package of proposals for the Interior, which will be approved tomorrow, Thursday, in the Council of Ministers that will take place in Bragança, as reported this morning by Antena1, RTP and Rádio Renascença.
The discounts in classes 1 and 2 will vary according to monthly use: in the first six days, the full amount of tolls is paid; between the 7th and 15th day, the discount is 20%; from the 16th day, the reduction is 40%. Whoever uses the motorway 22 days a month has an average discount of 20%; whoever circulates 30 days a month has an average discount of 25%, benefiting residents, workers and frequent visitors to these places.
“We will be able to implement in the third quarter of this year a toll reduction system, privileging the inland tolls. It’s a quantity discount, which favours frequent users, whether they are residents or working in these territories, or who visit them regularly”, said Minister Ana Abrunhosa, in statements to Radio Renascença.
The discounts will be applied to motorways A22 (Lagos-Vila Real de Santo António), A4 (Porto-Vila Real), A24 (Viseu-Chaves and Viseu-Vila Real), A28 (Porto-Viana), A25 (Aveiro-Viseu), A23 (Castelo Branco-Covilhã) and A13 (Coimbra-Torres Novas).
Besides the discounts for cars, there will also be a new discount system for heavy goods vehicles, with passenger transport benefiting from the reduction already applied to goods: 35% if the journey is by day; 55% if the journey is by night. By July, the discounts for goods will be 30% and 50% respectively.
To take advantage of these benefits it will be enough to have an electronic identifier, not requiring a certification from IMT – Instituto da Mobilidade dos Transportes.
Minister Ana Abrunhosa also admitted that the discounts may increase in the next years. “For this measure to be sustainable, we have to gradually reduce”.
“Our proposal is, in the future, as our State Budget manages to accommodate, that we manage to work on this reduction to ensure that, in fact, people have a better quality of life in these territories and we are naturally favouring the territories of the interior, as it is in the Government’s programme and as it has been included in the State Budget”, added the minister.
Asked by Radio Renascença whether the measure responds to the demands of the populations, the minister stressed that “it favours the frequent use of these routes and therefore this proposal meets the demands”.
The reduction in tolls will cost the state more than 100 million euros.