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    Default 7 million pesos per day in phantom tolls

    Phantom tolls (peajes fantasma) of 7 million RD pesos per day, that is the amount the DR government has to pay to the Colombian company that built the Samana Highway. This money is in addition to the tolls collected, which were increased by roughly 11 pesos a few weeks ago.

    Phantom tolls correspond to a "guaranteed revenue" the Colombian company was given under the contract to build Samana highway, and corresponds to the money the DR government has to pay to top up uncollected revenue (phantom tolls = guaranteed revenue - actual collected tolls).

    Z101 in Gobierno de la Mañana reported today, 27/1/2015, that last year 2.5 billion pesos was paid as "phantom tolls" to the Colombian company operating the Samana highway.

    " The contract was negotiate during Hippolito government with Miguel Vargas as the minister of public works, and the contract was implemented and given final go-ahead during Leonel's government with Victor Diaz Rua as the minister of public works.

    We all are paying 7 million pesos per day, coming form our taxes, to pay the private Colombian company for the tolls of cars that do not transit the Samana Highway. Inaddition, the vehicles that transit the mentioned highway, are subject to usury tolls, all as a result of this contract with fraudulent and usury terms,"
    Z101 reported.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rubio_higuey View Post
    Phantom tolls (peajes fantasma) of 7 million RD pesos per day, that is the amount the DR government has to pay to the Colombian company that built the Samana Highway. This money is in addition to the tolls collected, which were increased by roughly 11 pesos a few weeks ago.

    Phantom tolls correspond to a "guaranteed revenue" the Colombian company was given under the contract to build Samana highway, and corresponds to the money the DR government has to pay to top up uncollected revenue (phantom tolls = guaranteed revenue - actual collected tolls).

    Z101 in Gobierno de la Mañana reported today, 27/1/2015, that last year 2.5 billion pesos was paid as "phantom tolls" to the Colombian company operating the Samana highway.

    " The contract was negotiate during Hippolito government with Miguel Vargas as the minister of public works, and the contract was implemented and given final go-ahead during Leonel's government with Victor Diaz Rua as the minister of public works.

    We all are paying 7 million pesos per day, coming form our taxes, to pay the private Colombian company for the tolls of cars that do not transit the Samana Highway. Inaddition, the vehicles that transit the mentioned highway, are subject to usury tolls, all as a result of this contract with fraudulent and usury terms,"
    Z101 reported.
    Yes, it was a difficult and expensive road to build and well worth it but the DR gov at the time, gave away the farm to get it done. The tolls are ridiculous. If you are going to charge high tolls than charge people on motor bikes as well. The stretch from El Catey to LT is absolutely one of the most scenic roads and high toll roads I have ever driven on. The gov would be better off reducing the cost on this stretch to encourage more use.

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    The DR representatives signed the contract and now they are complaining that is expensive? Too bad.

    The tolls are high but there are other routes and lower tolls may not yield greater revenue.

    I don't see any solution. Well maybe shutdown the other route and force everyone to pay the toll.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tommeyers View Post
    .... maybe shutdown the other route and force everyone to pay the toll.
    This was the plan when they built the 'El Catey' toll station.

    After the people's recation they thought again....
    [That's why they put the small container office at the entrance of the 'Bulevár Atlantico'.]

    {If they charged people to visit the 'Samaná Peninsula Zoo', the zoo animals would certainly burn down the 'ticket booth'.... }

    donP

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    If you ever see the houses (They BOTH have more than one!)of "Hippolito",...& "Miguel", you won't have to ask "Porque"!!!!!!
    Vargas' house in Casa de Campo is bigger than some hotels!!!!!
    The "DEAL" with the electricity generators is MUCH WORSE!!!!!!
    CCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCC

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    Turn the useless Military into road / school / hospital builders, they are already on the payroll. Is that not what Costa Rico did?

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    #errede

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    Hippolito govt? signed contract when????was that...
    sounds to me like a major cluster f+++... I couldnt imagine going to contract w/company and paying them ...and then giving the revenue away that comes from what i built....

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    I am actually thinking of building something in d.r. actually a project that hopefully will make $ FOR ME.!!!!!!!!!!...
    how would i feed myself if i gave the $$ away...(doms. understand that) cant eat w/no money$...

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    Is it a busy highway?

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