The proposal was presented by the PSD councillor at Almada
City Council, Nuno Matias, indicating that the inhabitants of Almada and the
Setúbal peninsula are taxed to travel to the country's capital.
For the president of the municipality, the socialist Inês de
Medeiros, there is a clear problem of constitutionality in access and free
The councillor defended that there is no reasonable
alternative or that is considered reasonable for residents to travel to the
country's capital since the only way to do so without paying a fee would be
through Vila Franca de Xira.
“We present a recommendation to create measures of positive
discrimination in tolls on the 25 de Abril bridge,” she said, adding that in
the recommendation to be sent to the Minister of Infrastructure, the Prime
Minister and the President of the Assembly of the Republic, the Government is
asked to analyse a solution together with the municipality of Almada and other
municipalities on the south bank.
As a result of this analysis, she added, the recommendation
points to the renegotiation of the concession contract with Lusoponte to include
positive discrimination measures.
“This is a problem that violates the user-pays principle in
Almada and in other municipalities in the Setúbal Peninsula that have no
alternative. We can swim across but that is not rational”, said Nuno Matias.