New year arrives with a general increase in prices for consumers

New year arrives with a general increase in prices for consumers
New year arrives with a general increase in prices for consumers

A electricity increases for those in the regulated market, but also for customers who have already moved to the liberalized market.

Tolls and transport also register increases, as well as rents.

Known price updates for 2022 are as follows:


The price of electricity for households in the regulated market will rise by an average of 0.2% as of today, announced the Regulatory Authority for Energy Services (ERSE), on December 15th.

“For consumers who remain in the regulated market (which represent 5% of total consumption and 915 thousand customers), or who, being in the free market, have opted for a similar rate, the average annual variation of transitory rates for sales to final customers in low voltage is 0.2%”, indicated at the time, in a statement, the regulator.

Even so, noted the ERSE, in January 2022, consumers will see an average drop of 3.4% compared to prices in force in December of the current year.

Social tariff consumers will benefit from a 33.8% discount on sales tariffs to end customers.

In the liberalized market, EDP Comercial’s electricity tariffs will rise by an average of 2.4% in 2022, which corresponds to an increase in household bills of around 90 cents per month, reflecting the rise in energy costs.

Endesa, in turn, will maintain electricity prices for families and small businesses, an official source at the energy trader in the liberalized market told Lusa.

In turn, Galp will increase electricity prices as of today, an increase of around 2.7 euros a month for the most representative contracted powers, informed an official company source to Lusa.


Rents will rise 0.43% in 2022, after being frozen in 2021, confirmed a notice from the INE – National Statistics Institute, published in October, representing an increase of about 43 cents for every 100 euros of income.

The update coefficient of 0.43% for rural and urban lease contracts for 2022, published in Diário da República, takes place after the freeze last year, following a negative variation in the price index, and increases of 0.51 % in 2020, 1.15% in 2019, 1.12% in 2018, 0.54% in 2017 and 0.16% in 2016.


The price of tolls on motorways is expected to increase by 1.84% in 2022, taking into account the year-on-year inflation rate, excluding housing for October, released by the National Statistics Institute (INE).

In 2020 and 2021, toll prices were unchanged, after four consecutive years of increases: in 2019, tolls on motorways increased by 0.98%, after increases of 1.42% in 2018, from 0.84% ​​in 2017 and of 0.62% in 2016.

In turn, Brisa Concession Rodoviária announced that 28 of the 93 toll rates applied to class 1 will increase this year, justifying the increase with the year-on-year inflation rate.

According to the company, 28 of the 93 toll rates applied in class 1 (30% of the total) will be updated, “and in most routes with a higher frequency of motorists or to a greater extent, the impact will be small”, he said in statement, adding that its toll rates will register in 2022 “an average update of 1.57%”.

Brisa points out that toll prices remained unchanged in 2020 and 2021 and that the last update, in 2019, had a coefficient of 0.88%.

The main long distance routes with increases will be the A2 between Lisbon and Algarve, with an additional 0.35 euros, A1 between Lisbon and Porto, with an additional 0.20 euros, and A6, between Marateca and Caia, also with more 0.20 euros.

Among the main urban routes with a high frequency of motorists, the biggest increase will be on the A3 between Porto and Valença, which will cost an additional 0.25 euros.

The sub-stretch between Maia and Santo Tirso, on the A3, the A5, Lisbon and Cascais, and the A4, between Porto and Amarante, will have an upgrade of 0.05 euros.


The price of public transport that will take effect from today is updated by 0.57%, according to the Mobility and Transport Authority (AMT).

On the other hand, the prices of social passes in Porto will remain unchanged in 2022, according to the president of the Porto Metropolitan Area (AMP), Eduardo Vítor Rodrigues.

The single passes Navegante, Municipal and Metropolitano will maintain their value next year, at 30 and 40 euros, respectively, announced Transportes Metropolitanos de Lisboa (TML).


Nowo’s official source told Lusa that, “for next year [2022], no price updates are planned” by the electronic communications operator.

Meo, from Altice Portugal, “will update the base price of the monthly fee in tariffs/packages, with effect on January 1, 2022, according to the contractual conditions”, said an official source.

The remaining operators have not yet made their decision known.

mandatory inspections

The price of mandatory inspection of light vehicles increases to 31.80 euros and that of heavy vehicles to 47.59 euros as of today, according to a decision published in the Diário da República.

The increase in tariffs for technical inspections of road vehicles, provided for in a decision by the Institute for Mobility and Transport, takes effect from January 1, 2022 and was based on the latest update by the INE of the inflation rate (without housing), referring to November 2021, with an average annual rate of change (without housing) of 0.99%.

The determination presents the base value for light vehicles of 25.85 euros, plus VAT at 23%.

The base tariff for heavy vehicles rises to 38.69 euros, plus VAT, for motorcycles, tricycles and quadricycles to 13.02 euros and for trailers and semi-trailers to 25.85 euros.

The base fee for the re-inspection of inspections increases to 6.48 euros, the allocation or replacement of registrations to 64.53 euros, the extraordinary fee to 90.25 euros and the issuance of a duplicate of the inspection form/certificate to 2.43 euros.

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