Driving on the A4 motorway between Katowice and Kraków will become more expensive. The General Directorate for National Roads and Motorways believes that the increase is unjustified and directly affects drivers and road transport.
Stalexport Autostrada Małopolska, which is the concessionaire of the A4 motorway on the Katowice – Kraków section, announced that From April 1, 2024, price increases for traveling on the A4 Katowice-Kraków motorway will apply. The fees at each toll gate will be PLN 16 for passenger cars (previously PLN 15) and PLN 49 for other categories of vehicles (previously PLN 46).
The above fees will apply at each of the two toll plazas, i.e. in Mysłowice and Balice. This means that from April, drivers of passenger cars can pay PLN 32, and not PLN 30 as before, for driving the entire toll section. The company explains another increase within 12 months – the last one came into force in April last year – as the accumulation of investment expenditure resulting from the approaching end of the concession agreement.
GDDKiA about planned increases on the A4
Such plans raise doubts of the General Directorate for National Roads and Motorways (GDDKiA). “In the opinion of GDDKiA, this increase is unjustified and directly affects drivers and road transport,” we read in the road engineers’ press release on Monday.
At the same time, GDDKiA pointed out that the right to increase the toll for using a toll motorway results from the concession agreement. As a result, “GDDKiA has no real authority to influence decisions related to changes in toll rates if they are consistent with the provisions of this agreement.” Road workers announced that they would ask Stalexport Autostrada Małopolska “to consider all circumstances that could influence the change of the proposal to increase the toll rate.”
GDDKiA emphasized that the A4 motorway is, among others, a strategic route connecting Poland with Ukraine. “In the situation of war in Ukraine since February 24, 2022, it would be reasonable to at least postpone the planned increase until the political situation in this country stabilizes,” the statement said.
In the opinion of GDDKiA, the planned increase may also affect the level of road traffic safety on local routes. It was explained that higher tolls may result in shifting some traffic to alternative roads to the A4 motorway. “Higher travel costs may encourage drivers, e.g. of heavy vehicles, to avoid the highway and use local roads that are already heavily trafficked. This, however, is associated with a decrease in the level of safety of both drivers and other road users, as well as residents of nearby towns. It is also in contradiction with the role that highways are to play in the country’s communication system,” we read.
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