The Swiss People's Party (SVP) has fiercely criticized the Swiss parliament's decision to increase the cost of the motorway vignette by 150 percent, underlining the need to vote against the "massive additional burden" in the upcoming referendum on November 24.
Defending its position, the SVP highlighted the fact that the Federal Government already collects around CHF9.5bn (USD10.5bn) annually in road traffic taxes, duties, and fees. Of this considerable sum, barely one-third flows to finance road infrastructure in the Confederation, while the remaining two-thirds passes to the Federal Treasury, to public transport, and to the cantons, the SVP stressed.
Finally, the SVP lamented that fact that the measure will merely serve to further disadvantage Swiss nationals, noting that a new law now enables foreigners using Switzerland's road network to purchase a two-month vignette at a cost of just CHF40.
While underscoring the central importance of a well-maintained and well-developed road network for Switzerland as an economic location, the SVP concluded by reiterating that current income derived from taxes on road traffic is already more than sufficient to meet the Confederation's infrastructure requirements.