By Rund Abdelfatah
PUBLIC motorway tolls throughout Spain have increased by 7.5% and are set to increase even more when IVA (VAT) rises on September 1.
In particular, the AP-7, which runs from Cataluna down the Mediterranean coast, the AP-2 and C-33 will all be affected.
The move comes six months after a controversial new toll was instated on the A22 road between Portugal and Spain, which features an electronic payment system with two methods of payment – easy toll and toll card.
Foreign visitors have the option of paying with a pre-paid card, post-paying at post offices or motorway service stations, or hiring temporary transponders.
Rates vary depending on type of vehicle, distance travelled and whether you have prepaid or not.
But the toll continues to face ardent criticism with usage of the A22 dropping 50% since it came into effect.