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Highway fares: get ready for astronomical increases in 2025!

2023-11-29T13:08:19.750Z

Highlights: Motorway companies intend to pass on the windfall tax decided by the government on their excess profits. The tax should bring 600 million euros to the public finances. A legal battle is looming between the state and major dealers on the subject. Three-quarters of the revenue would come from the road sector and one-quarter from the air sector. It remains to be seen whether it will actually be enforced. It has no impact on the evolution of tolls. The answer will be given in court in the coming months.


EXCLUSIVE. In 18 months' time, motorway companies intend to pass on the windfall tax decided by the government on their excess profits


The calm before the storm? If the increase in toll rates is expected to be measured on February 1st, between 2.71% and 3.87%, the pill is likely to be much harder to swallow for motorists the following year. It is in 2025 that the motorway companies intend to pass on the tax on excess profits decided by the government and which should bring 600 million euros to the public finances.

Even though the tariff change is only 18 months away, calculators have already started to heat up to find out what the impact would be on toll prices. The results are staggering, if we set aside the Mont-Blanc tunnel and the A63. In addition to the usual indexation to inflation, we can expect, according to our information, an additional increase of 5% on average from 1 February 2025.

In detail, this "extra" – beyond inflation – will range from 4.9% on the SAPN network (A13, A14, A29) to 6.2% on the routes managed by APRR (A5, A6, A19, A39, etc.), including 5.8% on those of Cofiroute (A10, A11, A71) or 6% on those of Sanef (A1, A4, etc.).

Legal battle ahead

It remains to be seen whether it will actually be enforced. A legal battle is looming between the state and major dealers on the subject. In principle, the contract between them stipulates that motorway companies have the right to offset any increase in taxation with an increase in the prices paid by motorists. To get around this obstacle, the government has extended the scope of concessions covered by this tax to large airports. Three-quarters of the revenue would come from the road sector and one-quarter from the air sector.

Bercy relies on an opinion of the Council of State rendered on the case to affirm that by not specifically targeting motorways, the terms of the contract are respected. This is why the executive has been hammering home for five months that motorists will not pay the bill alone in the end.

The latest statement to date is that of Clément Beaune this Wednesday morning at the microphone of RMC: "There has been a lot of misinformation, there have been many lies related to this tax on motorway concession companies. It has no impact on the evolution of tolls. The answer will be given in court in the coming months.

Source: leparis

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