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The first weekend of departure on summer vacation took place last weekend, and it is this timing that the Minister chose to launch an appeal to motorway concessionaires. Bulk ? Make a gesture towards the French by making a discount on the toll to help balance budgets.
It must be said that toll rates continue to increase year after year. This combined with the very sharp increase in fuel (and others) have increased the price of the round trip to the summer holiday resort. The Minister wants to put “all the players around the table”, he declared in an interview with Le Parisien on Sunday July 10. The goal ? “Thinking about actions”. Beaune hopes to get a gesture for those who regularly use the motorway, but also for summer visitors.
The Government is increasing its requests to private companies to lower the bill a little. “It would be useful for the motorway companies to make a move. As Total Energies and others were able to do, at service stations,” he said. The State itself has decided to extend the discount of 18 cents on liters of fossil fuels, before setting up a more lasting gesture for the less fortunate who must take their car on a daily basis.
At the start of 2022, tolls increased by an average of 2%.
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The State does not have too much leeway to compel concessionaires. He should have to give something to get something else. Apart from adding years to the concession for private companies to accept, or specific contribution reductions? In any case, Vinci Autoroutes has decided to grant a 10% discount to those who pay their toll with holiday vouchers.
A symbolic gesture because you can no longer pay at the counter (if you are lucky enough to find one with a toll booth) since 2013. To use holiday vouchers at tolls, you must take out a subscription with a concession company and credit the checks one by one to this account for subsequent use. We must therefore anticipate. And even if you already have an electronic toll account, you must open a new, specific one. In short, it looks like a first gesture more symbolic than anything else. But it could trigger others.
A good way to save on toll prices remains – alas or not – toavoid highways. In addition, it greatly reduces consumption. On the other hand, it is necessary to accept “to waste time”. Time is money and this adage holds true even more now.
Clément Beaune, Minister of Transport, calls on dealers to help the French face inflation as the summer holidays begin. And if the dealers made a gesture towards the French? And why ?