Why do we have to pay tolls?

All travels by motorway end in the same way: the driver sees a toll booth where he must stop and pay. A simple automatic gesture though full of implications.

Tolls are more than an effective collection means for using a road, they are the direct link between expenses and revenues:

  • This means that maintenance and operation costs of a motorway network require the channelling of revenues obtained through tolls.ns.

No road is for free. Directly or indirectly, expenses are always borne by citizens. However, there are important differences to consider:

  • Although motorways seem more expensive, the total cost of these projects tends to be lower. The construction of motorways (financed to a large extent by toll revenues) is much quicker than that of roads paid only by tax revenues. The reason is clear: motorway construction can count on the whole capital required as from the beginning of the works.

It is possible, therefore, to manage available funds in a balanced way. The results are clear to see - new roads that are better constructed, have high safety levels, continuous maintenance and various road assistance services.

Ultimately, when opting for the comfort and quality provided by motorways, users are intervening actively in the funding of present and future motorways.

Thus, paying tolls is equivalent in practical terms to building new motorways.

In sum, with a simple gesture each motorway user contributes to the country's structural growth and development.