December 18, 2018 / 4:49 PM / 5 months ago

Vinci backtracks on charging missed toll fees during yellow vest protests

FILE PHOTO: The Vinci logo is seen on jackets during a visit a a mobile factory installed to produce tons of recycled asphalt near the A10 motorway in Gironde for a test for the first "100% recycled" road by Eurovia, in collaboration with Vinci Autoroutes, as part of a 1 km section renovation project, in Saint-Christoly-de-Blaye, France, October 9, 2018. REUTERS/Regis Duvignau

PARIS (Reuters) - France’s largest toll road operator Vinci (SGEF.PA) on Tuesday backtracked on its plan to impose a late charge on motorists who pass through toll booths occupied by “yellow vest” protesters for free.

The company had said on Monday it would send an invoice to motorists whose licence plates were captured on surveillance cameras by post.

But it reversed course amid public uproar, though it called for “civic sense” and urged motorists to pay the fees.

Reporting by Inti Landauro; editing by Richard Lough

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