The Minister of Transportation, Guillermo Reyes, announced good news that represents a great relief for the pockets of Colombians, especially for those who plan to travel by road in 2023.
He said that more than 80 percent of the trips that are installed throughout the national territory it will not increase its rates with the change of year. «I would expect that, at the end of this week, between Thursday and Friday, the ANI and Invías will disclose what their increase will be,» he said.
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In addition, he stated that, if the prices of tolls and the rates of all services in the transport sector are raised, it will help to increase inflation, which in November was at 12.53 percent annually. «That is not the purpose,» he said in an interview with Caracol Radio.
Minister Guillermo Reyes also said that next week there would be a meeting with ANI and Invías to define What will the regulation of tolls be like in 2023?. «We have trips in Colombia that are charged by ANI on concessioned roads and those that are charged by the National Institute of Roads (Invías), there we have, in many cases, differentiated rates between one and the other, I can’t explain the reasons,» he added.
Likewise, it is distinguished that there are tolls that necessarily be collected, but they are frozen due to some discussion with communities, which affects the economic balance of contractual processes.
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Another relief that is being sought for Colombians is related to air tickets. In a joint effort between the National Government, air operators and tour operators, the aim is to reduce the impact on the price of airline tickets after December 31, 2022, the date on which the 5 percent tax benefit ends.
«I have had the opportunity to talk with several representatives of the transport and tourism sector with the purpose that we, as a Government, without ignoring the power that exists today of tariff freedom, seek joint work that generates competition so that only an increase of 14 percent is impacted of the tickets -of the growth of the VAT- and that inflation does not hit the values of the tickets», he said.