The saga about payment of electronic motorway tolls by tourists visiting Portugal has now reached the national press.
An article in the national daily, "Publico" today has brought to prominence the problems faced by foreigners/tourists visiting Portugal and who have used one of the three motorways in the North that are already equipped with this system.
The full article (in Portuguese) can be found here:
Here is a link to a Google Translate version of the article:
Its not a great translation but readable.
In essence, if changes are not made soon, it is probably advisable that tourists planning to visit Portugal by car, or use a hire car while here do the following:
1) Avoid all motorways in Portugal equipped with electronic tolls!
2) Avoid using hire cars as you might get pulled over by the Police because a previous renter will have used the electronic tolls and not paid the fee.
3) Use public transport. (The best option!)
4) Avoid visiting Portugal, until this mess about paying tolls is sorted.
Hopefully, once the Government, Brussels and the IMF realise that the revenue they hoped to gain from such tolls is not being generated because traffic flows are right down and, in the case of the Algarve, there has been a drop of 40-50% in tourist traffic from Spain, they will sort things out and, at least make it easy for foreign visitors to pay the tolls.Edited: 16 November 2010, 08:38