The rates of the tolls on national routes and some of the accesses to the City of Buenos Aires will increase by 50% in November, after the administrative process of the Citizen Consultation that will take place on October 31.
It will be the third increase in the year which will cause a cumulative increase of 210%, when the inflation level is currently around 140%. The increases were 50% in May, 40% in August and 50% next month.
The National Committee for the Defense of Road Users (CONADUV) rejected the new call for the “Citizen Consultation”, describing it as a “simple formalism, merely decorative, of non-binding and non-face-to-face nature, in writing, and with the sole purpose of imposing and enabling a new increase in toll rates.”
The increase will apply to the concessioned National Road Network, including Puente Rosario – Victoria and North, West and Riccheri – Ezeiza – Cañuelas Accesses, and which is already authorized in advance,” according to Ricardo Lasca, head of CONADUV.
In a press release, Lasca maintained that the “problem does not lie in modifying constantly the rates, But the underlying problem that has been dragging on since the 90s should be analyzed.”
In that sense, he pointed out “Leonine, illegal and harmful concession contracts, rates classified as illegitimate exactions, detrimental to the general interest, lacking legal cause, with disproportionate levels in relation to the service, contrary to the national utility, and of abusive benefits for the concessionaires.”
According to this committee, “it is evident that there could be a maneuver aimed at illegitimately benefiting the concessionaire companies, such as Corredores Viales SA, Caminos del Río Uruguay SA, Autopistas del Sol SA and Grupo Concesionario del Oeste SA, causing serious social harm and economical to road users and the entire community.”
For all these reasons, among others, the user committee “rejects the new toll rate, urging the corresponding authorities not to proceed with the proposed increase”, requesting courage, will and political decision from the new Government that takes office on December 10 to put an end to the business that road concessions represent and that road users suffer unjustly. since the 90s,” he concluded.
Toll increase: what are the rates like?
The new rates would be the following
- Motorcycles: $225
- Vehicles with up to 2 axles and up to 2.10 meters high: $375. At peak time $450.
- Vehicles with up to 2 axles and more than 2.10 meters high or double wheel: $750. Peak hour $900
- Vehicles with 3 or 4 axles and up to 2.10 meters high: $750. Peak hour $900
- Vehicles with 3 or 4 axles and more than 2.10 meters high or double wheel: $1,125. At peak time $1350
- Vehicles with 5 or 6 axles: $1500. At peak time $1800
- Vehicles with more than 6 axles: $1,875. Peak hour $2250
Off Peak Hours:
- Monday to Friday from: 7 a.m. to 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.
- Saturdays, Sundays and holidays: from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
- Towards the province of Buenos Aires: from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
- To the City of Buenos Aires: from 5 to 9 p.m.
In addition, the new tariff tables will be applied in all sections of the road corridors under national jurisdiction that have tolls:
- I (routes 34 and 9)
- II (188)
- III (12 and 16)
- IV (8, 36 and A-005)
- V (19 and 34)
- VI (9, 193, 34, A-012 and A-008)
- VII (3, 205 and 226)
- VIII (7)
- IX (Ezeiza Cañuelas highway, in addition to Riccheri)
- X (5)
- 18 (R12, 14, 135, A-015, 117 and 174).