Exat toll hike on key expressways pauses by Ministry of Transport

The Progressive Ministry of Transport has issued a directive to the Expressway Authority of Thailand (Exat) to maintain the current toll costs for Chalong Rat and Bang Na expressways for another six months, operating via February of next year.
This growth will stave off the proposal by Exat to implement a 10% increase in tolls on each routes. Best would amount to a minimum of 5 baht per vehicular category. The date of that price increase has now been kicked down the street till subsequent year.
Athirat Rattanaseth, the Deputy Minister of Transport, announced the decision to droop the rate improve proposal, explaining that the delay was confirmed in a bid to alleviate the monetary burden on stressed residents, struggling to afford life within the current economic system.
This verdict was reached after an Exat board council presided over by Soraphong Phaitoonpong, the Deputy Permanent Secretary of Transport. The board had initially given consent to the proposed toll increase, alluding to the income switch agreement (RTA) with the Thailand Future Fund (TFFIF), linked to the Chalong Rat and Bang Na expressways, reported Bangkok Post.
The settlement outlines a constant 10% hike in Exat’s toll revenues every five years. This scheme is intended to rise consistent with the Consumer Price Index. Presently, Exat is anticipated to enter discussions with TFFIF about the toll costs whilst awaiting additional directives from the Ministry, an insider privvy to the meetings revealed.
Exat had already beforehand prolonged the toll charge deductions, pushing again toll hikes. That delay was legitimate for all autos on both expressways for six months till the year’s end.
Reducing or waiving toll charges just isn’t uncommon, with Exat often utilising the technique as a method to stimulate journey, particularly during holiday durations.
At the top of final month, Exat announced that toll fees for 3 main expressways would be suspended on July 28 and August 1 and a pair of, which aligned with the lengthy 6-day weekend holiday. The choice was made to learn numerous travellers and commuters expected to be on the move during this period..

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