NEWS

Government planning to reduce toll station charges

Infrastructure, Transport and Networks Minister Dimitris Reppas on Wednesday paved the way for significant reductions in national road tollbooth charges ahead of a detailed announcement expected next week.

A meeting of ministry officials chaired by Reppas is believed to have focused on the works currently under way on sections of the national road network and on a plan to reduce toll charges by up to 50 percent to 4 cents per kilometer from the current 6.5 cents per kilometer.

There are also said to be plans to introduce discount cards for motorists who frequently pass through tollgates.

Transport Ministry officials have been in talks for several weeks with members of the consortia managing the country?s roads and toll stations.

In the middle of last month, as opposition by a section of the public to paying toll charges peaked, Deputy Transport Minister Yiannis Magriotis, submitted a document in Parliament saying that negotiations were under way between government and consortia representatives and that the chief aim of the talks was the reduction of toll fees.

Members of the so-called ?I won?t pay movement? have focused on protesting higher charges at toll station gates and on public transport.