Taking a toll

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Taking a toll
UNPOPULAR MOVE: Reintroducing tolls will affect Almeria’s haulage sector Photo credit: Schumi4ever

PLANS to reintroduce motorway tolls will affect 8,000 Almeria province lorries.

The measure should be in place by 2024 if the government is to comply with Brussels’ directives but although Transport minister Raquel Sanchez recently confirmed the return of tolls, no dates were mentioned.

Marifran Carazo, who heads the Junta’s Transport department, complained that Almeria’s haulage sector, with more than 8,000 lorry cabins and 3,200 firms, would be the principal victims.

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Meanwhile, haulage sources expect charges of between one and five cents per kilometre to help the government cover the annual €7.5 billion shortfall in its bill for motorway upkeep.

Linda came to Spain to live when she was 24, just over 52 years ago, and her husband is Spanish. She began writing for English-language local newspapers in the mid-1970s and hasn’t stopped since! She leads a Spanish life, which she believes is vital when conveying the news to English-speaking residents, and along the way she produced two editions of Expand Your Spanish, helping English-speakers to enlarge their knowledge of the language. She was excited to be in at the birth of the Euro Weekly News in 1999 and is still passionately writing for the paper 22 years later.

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