From January 2024 we can expect an increase in motorway tolls. That’s why we will see the price increase by 2.3% in the new year.

During the last meeting of the Council of Ministers of the year, which took place on 28 December, the Milleproroghe decree was approved. This allows the deadlines of certain laws that are close to expiring to be extended to the end of the year. While some of these are positive, an additional change that will cost a lot is the increase in the cost of motorway tolls, which will come into force with the start of the new year.

Increases for motorway tolls arriving in January 2024 –

Rates were increased by 2.3 percent, following the inflation index for the year 2024. The increase is not isolated, but follows the increases that already occurred at the beginning of 2023 of 2% and, previously, of 1.34% on July 1, 2022. It is therefore a trend that does not seem to have any intention of slowing down, thanks to inflation which does not seem to have any intention of stopping.

Motorway tolls, 2.3% increase in January 2024: the details

Unfortunately, with the increase there is no help from the motorway concessionaires. These were called to present new investment plans and proposals for updating the financial economic plans, in compliance with the new rules of the Transport Regulatory Authority. The deadlines for submitting proposals have been postponed to 30 March 2024, and those for the new economic and financial plans until 31 December 2024. This does not imply a delay for changes to road tolls, which will increase to 2.3% immediately with the beginning of 2024. This will affect all routes, regardless of the concessionaire.

Motorway tolls will increase by 2.3% in January 2024 –

It should be noted that the choice was not welcomed by the National Association of Public Service Users Assoutenti. These are not satisfied with the Government’s decision to increase toll booths once again, with the pretense of financing works on the network but in reality contributing to the profits of motorway companies. This is confirmed by the balance sheets of the last two years: ASPI made over 1 billion in 2022, followed by 800 million in the first nine months of 2023.

Carlo Rienzi, president of CODACONS, joins this chorus. According to him, these higher tolls have not demonstrated an improvement in services for users. This is demonstrated by the continuous disruptions in the network, the endless construction sites, the endless queues and so on. Meanwhile, tolls continue to rise when they should fall as a form of compensation for injured motorists. Unfortunately, however, this trend does not seem to have any intention of stopping, as demonstrated by the Government’s decision at the end-of-year meeting.