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Lawmaker proposes suspending highway tolls to offset gasoline price hikes


Rep. Ángel Matos García

By The Star Staff


The Popular Democratic Party majority leader in the island House of Representatives, Ángel Matos García, urged Gov. Pedro Pierluisi Urrutia on Sunday to issue an emergency declaration to suspend the collection of tolls in Puerto Rico for four months and thus mitigate the costs per liter of gasoline due to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.


“With the same legal power by which a government suspends the collection of tolls in the event of a hurricane, a defined executive order can suspend the collection of tolls at this historical moment when fuel on the island exceeds one dollar per liter,” Matos García said in a written statement.


“With this suspension we can immediately alleviate the worker’s pocketbook in the north of the country,” the lawmaker added. “The payment of tolls can be around $400 a month per person and in other cases about $250 to $300.”


Any suspension of toll collections must have the approval of the Financial Oversight and Management Board.


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