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                                   Parliament says no to the end of tolls




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                                    three proposals, which             said Vaconcelos, adding:
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      DIRECTORS                     called for tolls to be done  DE BEER  “The only alternative to the
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      Paul Allen-Luckman            away with on the Algarve’s only  A22 motorway is the EN125,
      publisher@theportugalnews.com  motorway.                   which is the road of death, as it is
      Madeline Luckman              The PSD Social Democrats and  the road with the most black
      copy@theportugalnews.com      the CDS-PP abstained, while the  spots.”
      CONT                          ruling Socialist Party saw their  He also called on Prime Minister
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      Rua Município de S. Domingo   proposals to make the A22    A month before being elected
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                                    abolition of tolls in the Algarve all  António Costa told reporters at
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                                    voted against the proposals  the time that his party “had
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                                    presented, following the     already stated that it is necessary
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      publisher@theportugalnews.com  Communists and the Left Bloc  protests, and while he was  Protests, such as ones like these last December, have been a common feature
                                                                                              Protests, such as ones like these last December, have been a common feature
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                                    were truly serious about     “unenthusiastic about
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      newsdesk@theportugalnews.com  eliminating tolls, they would have  eliminating tolls”, some
                                    demanded this during         situations were in urgent need of  The government said at the time  formed an integral part of their
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                                    negotiations before approving  an overhaul, such as the A22 Via  that the discounts are the result  decision to lower tolls.
      SALES MANAGER                 the Socialist government’s   do Infante, which runs the length  of “mitigating the effects tolls  One of the biggest potential
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      Sónia Seixas                  budget, which makes provision  of the Algarve.            have had on exports and      earners for the state in reducing
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                                    for revenue obtained from tolls  The closest the government  economic activities, such as the  tolls would be the Algarve’s A22
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      ACCOUNTS MANAGER              on the A22, A23, A24 and A25  came to appeasing motorists  transport of merchandise.”  motorway, researchers revealed.
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      Gaby Rodrigues                motorways.                   was after coming to power, it  A study commissioned in 2015  A cut of a mere 15 percent in tolls
      accounts@theportugalnews.com  But speaking following the   announced that tolls on these  and which was handed to the  would see revenue climb by seven
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      Facebook, Twitter and Kiss FM  Vasconcelos said his party had  be reduced by 15 percent.  spring, suggested that reducing  Researchers added that even if
      Publicação registada na Entidade  voted in favour of all proposals to  Prior to the announcement,  tolls would actually generate  reductions were to go up to 35
      Reguladora para a Comunicação  do away with tolls on the four  which many observers feared  revenue, with estimates pointing  percent, the state would still
      Social com o número 127217    motorways.                   would not come into force,   to a figure of 22 million euros.  collect more money from tolls
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      www.theportugalnews.com/      “This is now the ninth occasion  expectations were that discounts  The Socialist government had at  than if it were to keep prices
      editorialguidelines           that the Left Bloc has presented a  could be around 50 percent.  the time explained that this study  unchanged.
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