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Government did not approve toll road price hike says AMLO

Mexico City, Mexico — President Andrés Manuel López Obrador said that he will contact ICA regarding the price hike in toll fees for the Cancun-Merida highway. He says that the price hike was not approved by his government, and therefore, is not allowed.

Earlier this year, Ingenieros Civiles Asociados (ICA), the company in charge of the highway, increased the toll road fees for drivers using that highway. The fees were hiked from 338.00 peso to 363.00, an increase of 25 peso, making it one of the most expensive in the country.

Toll fees for the Chichen-Itza route have also risen from 196.00 peso to 210.00, an increase of 14 peso.

“There is something that everyone has to know, which is that we have not authorized increases in the tolls. They have already been given the order. The concessionaire made the request but we said that until the pandemic passes, we are not going to approve an increase in highway fees,” explained AMLO during a National Palace press conference.

“We are going to deal with it. It is the ICA company that has the concession and the contract for the construction of the train,” he added.

In February, Federal Roads and Bridges (Capufe) reported an average increase of 7.36 percent in the rates of roads and bridges under its responsibility due to the inflation registered in 2020 and 2021.

AMLO said that he had already spoken with Guadalupe Phillips, the General Director of ICA Mexico, and asked them to reduce the toll fees being charged for using the Cancun-Mérida highway.