The federal government has lifted tolls on the federal highways it operates by almost 8%.
The Ministry of Infrastructure, Communications and Transportation (SICT) announced a 7.82% increase effective Tuesday.
It said in a statement that the hike is equal to inflation in the period between December 2021 and December 2022. SICT noted that tolls on the federal network of highways hadn’t increased for a year.
The ministry also said that tolls on federal highways operated separately by the National Infrastructure Fund and the federal highways agency Capufe would increase on March 1.
The objective of the increase in tolls, SICT said, is to maintain “economic balance” in road projects given that the revenue they generate is “used in the management, operation, conservation and maintenance of highways.”
One toll that increased on Tuesday was that for the Mexico City-Toluca highway. It rose from 97 pesos to 105 pesos, a hike that surprised some motorists, according to a report by the newspaper El Universal.
The Reforma newspaper reported that the toll for the Capufe-operated Cuernavaca-Acapulco highway will rise from 543 pesos to 586 pesos on March 1, while that for the Mexico City-Cuernavaca highway will increase from 126 pesos to just under 136 pesos.
In Mexico’s north, the cost of traveling on the Durango-Mazatlán highway is set to rise to about 721 pesos, an increase of over 50 pesos compared to the current toll.