Italy toll rises and row, new hope for Budapest-Adriatic 5c, Gothenburg ponders foreign car charge
Annual increases on the Italian toll roads are still to be fully finalised. So far there’s an average rise of 2.91% though four operators are reportedly in dispute with regulators. Until this is settled prices will stay as they are on these particular roads, though they comprise a tiny minority of the national network.
Tolls on the Autostrade per l’Italia network, 56% of the whole – 25% owned, incidentally, by UK institutional investors – rise by 3.47%; charges on the all-important Brenner pass motorway to and from Austria rise by 1.2%. It will now cost €15.70 to drive the 150 miles Modena-Bolzano, for instance.
The biggest increase is on the Venice (Mestre) ring-road, up 13.5%, though the useful Turin-Aosta Valley E612/ A5 is the smallest at 0.82%. Calculate Italian motorway tolls here.
Corridor 5c (or Vc), connecting Budapest to the Adriatic Sea at the Croatian port of Ploče, via Bosnia and Herzegovina – mired in controversy and delays; subject of a notorious leaked Wikileaks cable, ‘The Road Not Travelled’ – received a welcome fillip this week when a contract to build a further 20km section south of Sarajevo was signed with a Turkish company. The project will employ 3,000 local workers.
If and when the road is completed it will cement Budapest as the major hub of the central European road network. We drove the existing part of this road in May 2012, click here for more.
Gothenburg is not currently levying its new congestion charge on foreign registered vehicles but, according to the Roadpricing blog, Sweden’s second city is examining how it could do so in the future. A report is expected in February.
Even if foreign car charges are levied the max each day is about £6, with evenings, weekends and the whole of July, currently, free of charge. Traffic is down by 19% apparently since the introduction of the new zone on 1.1.13. Interestingly, Roadpricing also says London’s TfL has a 33% success rate in pursuing non-compliant foreign motorists.
At the same time, the Daily Mail has worked up some blather over the UK’s failure to implement the Prüm Treaty, whereby EU police forces have direct access to the DVLA (and DNA and fingerprint) databases. We face fines of £7.5m for each ruling if we do not adopt the treaty by the end of 2014. Absent any comment from the Home Office, it’s not clear if the matter is caught up in the 134 Lisbon Treaty opt-outs (which include the notorious European Arrest Warrant).