Driving on the EN7 is seen by drivers as a penitence, requiring them time and again to undergo the painful exercises of choosing the potholes least likely to damage their vehicles.
But what irks them most is the fact that they are charged amounts ranging from 50 to 1,000 meticais to use a “road that just isn’t worth it”.
The situation is more alarming in light of the fact that the government is imposing yet another toll in the area, scheduled to come into operation by December.
“These toll amounts are very high. We don’t know why we are paying them, since this road is very bad,” irate long-distance driver André Mário fumes.
Deputy Minister of Public Works and Housing, Cecilia Chamutota, who visited to announce the start of the rehabilitation, was challenged with the increase in the number of tolls and the scale of the charges, considered a “pocket-piercer” by motorists.
Deputy Minister Chamutota said that “the amount charged at the tolls is not to cover the entire cost of maintenance, it is just a way for citizens to contribute to the maintenance work and to guarantee the necessary comfort”.