More Toll Roads

In Guatemala a proposal has been made for private companies to build toll roads, where, in some cases the State pays for the tolls, instead of charging road users.

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

The proposal of this investment model was raised in the context of the National Entrepreneurs Encounter (Enade), focused this year on the theme of infrastructure. 

Juan Carlos Paiz, president of Enade, explained that "... The idea is that some roads would be built with private investment but run with a toll paid for each user and others with payments from the State but not by direct investment but through tolling, for a set period of time."

Paiz explained that at the moment road users "practically pay a toll", because the oil derivatives tax (IDP) is included in the cost of a gallon of gasoline. 

See: "Progress in the Escuintla- Puerto Quetzal Tender"

"... ´We have not determined if the model should be with the form of a toll´ added Paiz but he referred to the fact that they have analyzed cases from a lot of countries where this scheme is used. In these there are roads in which the client or the user is not charged every time they use the road, but the resources come from the taxes that are paid to the State, and the State in turn pays the company in charge of each stretch of road, for each passing vehicle."

Prensalibre.com reports that "...Based on these models, the Enade´s idea is that on roads that are not profitable (either because of the low number of vehicles passing through or because users in that area do not have sufficient purchasing power), they would use the aforementioned form of payment where the State pays."

Currently there is a project to build a private toll road in the municipality of Villa Canales. The environmental impact study submitted in March this year details that it will have 6 lanes and be 9 kilometers in length, and will connect at kilometer 23 of the Carretera to El Salvador and Via Alterna del Sur.

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