In the week that the leftist majority in Parliament decided there will be no relief for motorists in the Algarve seeking an exemption of tolls on the A22 motorway, comes the news that fatalities on the region’s roads have climbed from 29 to 40 in the past year.
The only other region to register worse data was Leira, where road deaths went up from 26 to 42 when compared with records from the previous 12 months.
The figures, released by the ANSR national road safety agency, compares the 12 month period ending 7 February 2019, with the previous 12 months.
The southern Portuguese region has also fared poorly in terms of serious injuries suffered by motorists.
Between 1 January and 7 February, 20 people were seriously injured on Algarve roads, which is up almost 30 percent on the same period in 2018.
The only other region nationally to produce more negative figures is the considerably more populated Greater Lisbon Metropolitan Area, where 25 serious injuries were recorded by officials during the first 38 days of the year.
On a national level, road deaths rose from 508 to 517.