Vinci Autoroutes announces the freezing of toll prices for the majority of short journeys

Bad news can hide good news. While all French tolls will increase their prices by an average of 2% from this Tuesday, the Vinci Autoroute group, which includes the Autoroutes du Sud de la France (ASF), Cofiroute and Escota, specifies that this increase does not will not concern short trips. Motorway tolls normally increase every year, according to a calculation taking into account the rate of inflation and the work undertaken by the concession companies.

“To preserve the purchasing power of motorists, the toll rates for the vast majority of short-distance journeys will not increase on the Vinci Autoroutes network in 2022”, indicates in a press release the first group of motorway concessions in France.

This tariff break concerns four-fifths of journeys of less than 30 km, two-thirds of journeys of less than 50 km as well as routes bypassing 34 agglomerations.

Short journeys spared, long journeys punctured?

On average, Vinci Autoroutes toll rates will still increase in 2022 by 2% – in retail by 2.19% for ASF, 1.90% for Cofiroute and 2.05% for Escota -, on average increases coming into force on Tuesday on almost all French concession motorways. “We made sure to apply the contracts (editor’s note, linking the companies to the State), which means that we have an average increase of 2%”, specifies the group.

“We have worked to ensure that (…) as many motorists as possible benefit from journeys that do not increase”, also assures a spokesperson for Vinci Autoroutes, who refuses to conclude that tolls will increase further on the roads. long journeys to compensate for this freezing of daily journeys. “It’s case by case,” he insists.

In a statement released on Monday, the Sanef group announces for its part that “in accordance with its concession contracts”, it is planning an “increase in its prices of + 1.91% for the Sanef motorways and + 2.12% for the Sapn motorways, from February 1, 2022”. “This increase is lower than the reference inflation”, supports Sanef, who underlines that “nearly 20% of the tariffs remain unchanged this year”.

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