The Antitrust moves towards Autostrade per l’Italia. The authority led by Roberto Rustichelli initiated proceedings for non-compliance with the warning that required the company to cease the incorrect practice ascertained in March 2021, given that Aspi has not reduced the cost of the toll and / or has not adopted any procedure for recognize tariff concessions and reimbursements for motorway sections in which significant traffic problems occur due to extraordinary works for the safety of infrastructures that suffer from serious deficiencies in management and maintenance.
At the end of the investigation, the Authority had sanctioned the concessionaire with the maximum edict, equal to 5 million euros, for the failure to reduce the toll on the A / 16 Napoli / Canosa, A / 14 Bologna / Taranto, A / 26 Genova Voltri-Gravellona Toce and, for the parts within its competence, A / 7 Milano-Serravalle-Genova, A / 10 Genova-Savona-Ventimiglia and A / 12 Genova-Rosignano, in violation of articles 20, 22, 24 and 25 of the Consumer Code.
In these sections there were significant reductions in the lanes and / or specific limitations of the maximum speed allowed, with consequent considerable inconvenience not only for consumers but also for hauliers, in terms of queues, slowdowns and significant increase in driving times. mileage. The opening of the proceeding was welcomed with satisfaction by Assoutenti.
It is “excellent news for all Italian motorists and consumers. We are pleased that the Antitrust has accepted our repeated appeals and lit a beacon on the non-reduction of tolls by the company on whose network there are countless construction sites, slowdowns and endless inconveniences for motorists “, commented the association.
“We then wonder what happened to the cashback on tolls announced for July by Aspi to compensate motorists damaged by road construction sites, and of which there is still no trace”, said the president, Furio Truzzi, adding that “we believe it is essential that Autostrade is now obliged to reimburse the overdue tolls in favor of all users involved in motorway disruptions, and in this sense we ask that a coordination table be opened between all the promoters of class action and legal initiatives against the company “.
Assoutenti will present documents to protect users in the proceeding initiated by the Antitrust. The National Consumers Union asks that “the proceeding be closed quickly. At the moment millions of Italians are about to leave for their holidays and will be forced to travel in slow motion due to maintenance work. It is incredible, considering that there was all the time of the lockdown to secure all the motorway sections of our country “.
The Uncem (National Union of Municipalities and Mountain Bodies) proposes that tolls be free for the months of July and August on the Alpine section of Turin-Savona and on the section of the Autotrada dei Fiori which descends from Genoa towards Savona and Ventimiglia.
Immediate reply from Aspi, which made it known that it had “already activated, in agreement with Mims and as part of the broader management of the concession, from 2020 toll reductions or zeroing in favor of users on the sections subject to significant inconvenience. due to maintenance works, for a total of 77 million euros of lower revenues in the period 2020-21 “.