The measure was published in the Official Gazette of the city where the amount charged from R$3 to R$70 per vehicle appears.

ubatuba is one of the main beach resorts on the north coast of São Paulo and unlike other destinations in the state, the city has more than 80% of its territory protected by the Serra do Mar State Park environmental preservation area – the largest continuous preserved portion of Atlantic forest in Brazil – in all, there are more than 332,000 hectares of native forest that also include other municipalities.

Scheduled to start in the first quarter of 2018, the environmental fee will be charged to all vehicles that pass through the terminals on the Oswaldo Cruz and Rio-Santos highways, strategic points in the municipality. The amount charged will be R$3 The R$70, depending on the size of the vehicle. The fee will not be charged to residents of Ubatuba and nearby cities on the North Coast of São Paulo such as Caraguatatuba, Ilhabela and São Sebastião.

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During high seasons, the environmental impact left by the seaside town is really high. Between the months of December to February, the garbage produced in Ubatuba grows from 3 to 7.5 tons. According to the Municipality of Ubatuba, this Environmental Preservation Fee (TPA) will start operating in the first quarter of 2018 and will be directed exclusively to vehicles from other regions of the country that visit the city.

Now in November 2017, according to the Ubatuba City Hall, in just one holiday the city received more than 200 thousand tourists, reaching an occupancy of 80% in the city's hotel chain. This number increases even more on major holidays such as Christmas, New Year's Eve and Carnival.

TPAs are becoming a trend in tourist destinations and more and more Brazilians are faced with news like this. In addition to Fernando de Noronha, which charges an environmental fee per person for each day of stay, some other major destinations are adopting the practice to better control the large flow of people. The Municipality of Arraial do Cabo also reported on a similar tax that year and recently the village of Jericoacoara (CE) and the municipality of Angra dos Reis (RJ) also considered the possibility of including environmental taxes in these same formats.

How will the fee collection work in Ubatuba?

Praia da Sununga, in a more preserved place in the city. Photo: Gustavo Albano

It was also informed by official diary that this amount collected will be used for investments in environmental and educational projects, basic sanitation and in the recovery of forests and degraded areas. The Secretary for the Environment of the Municipality of Ubatuba, Anthero Mendes declared that: “the fee will contribute to reversing this situation, since the greatest wealth of Ubatuba is its exuberant beauty and which must be preserved for both tourists and residents. ”

TPA Ubatuba price table

Bus – R$70.00
Minibus – R$45
Utility vehicles - R$15
Small vehicles - R$10
Motorcycles - R$3

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