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The large concessionaires reject the vignette and ask to pay a toll per kilometer on the highways | Economy

The Association of Construction Companies and Infrastructure Concessionaires (Seopan) considers that the model of vignettes that the Government is considering implementing for payment for the use of hitherto free highways is “ineffective” and would be perceived as a tax by citizens, for which calls for the implementation of a pure model of payment for use based on the distance traveled, “which is what the European Commission requires”, according to what the president of Seopan, Julián Núñez, pointed out this Thursday at a press conference.

Núñez clarified that it is not that the 2,000 million euros that the State now pays for the co-preservation of highways will be paid by users, but rather that it involves a radical change in the model that provides a benefit for citizens. For this, it estimates that more than 5,000 million euros will be needed in investments to improve traffic safety, install charging stations every 50 kilometers with a minimum of 12 recharging stations, digitize and connect the network, reduce noise, optimize light o build safe rest areas for truckers.

The president of the Seopán ignored that the payment system for use requires the installation of posts with electronic readers that automatically detect the license plates of the cars that enter and leave the highways to collect the tolls, which will mean an additional minimum investment of 1,500 millions of euros. With all this, in addition to making the journeys more comfortable and safe, the president of Seopan defends that a journey in these conditions and with the payment of a toll would be cheaper than doing it currently without tolls and with a combustion car.

More measures due to the rise in raw materials

Seopan has also asked the Government for new additional measures to those already approved to contain the impact that the rise in raw materials is having on the sector. The employers have indicated that the response given by the Executive – revisions of up to 20% of the work budget if some materials registered an increase of more than 5% – “is not enough”, since the revision of the term of the work was omitted. energy and excluded “practically all the contracts formalized in 2021″.

“Because this situation, far from being resolved, has worsened in the first quarter of 2022, additional measures will be needed to incorporate it into the contracts formalized as of 2021,” said Julián Núñez. In addition, the budget not executed by the State rose last year to 3,683 million euros in works not executed between the two large investment ministries (Transport and Ecological Transition) and public contracting for concessions remained practically non-existent, with only 490 million of euros.

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Likewise, for the first time since the beginning of the statistical series in 2014, the production of the companies attached to Seopan for private clients represented more than that demanded by the Public Administrations, specifically 55% of the total production, which increased by 6 .6%, up to 6,473 million euros. On the other hand, the restrictions on mobility that lasted until May 9, 2021 represented traffic losses of 25.6% in highway concessions and 17.4% in first-generation highways in the 2020-2021 period.

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