Traffic minister Italy tackles road managers

Traffic minister Italy tackles road managers

World August 27, 2018 20:48

rome - After the collapse of the bridge in Genoa, the Italian government will go through the licenses of all road operators. In addition, the private managers must also submit the maintenance and modernization measures. This is what traffic minister Danilo Toninelli told the parliament on Monday. He called the accident, in which 43 people died 'absurd' and according to him it could have been avoided.

Toninelli is considering nationalizing private toll roads. He named the Netherlands as an example. 'There are other systems in Europe that we believe function better than ours. In Germany, the Netherlands and Belgium are the motorways of the state and partly free of charge. In Italy, on the other hand, it has been decided to privatize them (...) without sufficient competition. '

The collapsed bridge in Genoa is operated by Autostrade per l'Italia, owned by the Benetton family. Toninelli blames the operators for having collected billions of dollars in tolls, but that has barely returned to the roads.

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