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France: Toll Roads Price Hike, Even For Motorcycles

6
February
2012
  Posted at 08:00:00 AM
  File under  Female Travel
  Author: Mike Werner
  Location: Travelling
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It's the usual price hikes in the beginning of a new year. That everything will increase in price is as sure as taxes and death. Usually prices go up according to the inflation index. But in the case of the French autoroutes (motorways toll roads), they are yet again increasing at a higher rate.

All the motorways' tolls are going to increase at an average of 2.5%. This is a limit set by the government, and in fact, it's very unfair and badly done. The "average" is exactly that, the government imposes this already high average to the motorway operators. The operators, commercial company with only one thing in mind; make as much money as they can, are allowed to apply the average themselves.

Motorcycle toll booth

So they take roads with very little traffic, and increase the toll by 0.25%, and then take a road with a lot of traffic, and increase it by 4.75%. They stay within the average, but will make a lot more money, since the traffic in the busy road will generate much more cash.

For many cars and motorcycles, they have very little options, since often the motorway is the less dangerous, faster option to get to work. Unfortunately, most roads that were built by the tax payer's money have long since been paid off, and the operator's maintenance costs have little to bear on the real cost of running the motorways. Pure unadulterated greed!

In fact, several presidential candidates for the upcoming elections have been putting on their campaign promises to re-nationalize the motorways and make the motorways, once more, free to all. And since the motorways operators are making so much money, and laying off staff to make even more, plus the fact that they charge a lot of money for motorcycles, maybe the time is right. Chop of their heads, or let them eat cake.





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