Kennedy Osei Nyarko, Chairman of Parliament’s Roads and Highways Committee, wants road tolls set at GH5.
Kennedy According to Osei Nyarko, setting the toll at GH5 will help the government generate more revenue for the country.
He was speaking to reporters about the government’s proposed reintroduction of road tolls, and he stated that only that amount of money will be considered as the toll rate.
“After suspending the road tolls for more than a year, why do we just add 50 pesewas to it? As the Roads Committee Chair, I will not support anything less than GH¢5. I am doing that based on the average road toll in the subregion and globally which is $1.”
The Fees and Charges (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act, 2022, has had its schedules revised by the government (Act 1080).
The changes are in line with the government’s plan to resume toll collection on some roads while steps are taken to determine which highways and roads will be impacted by the tolls’ reintroduction.
In order to accomplish this, the Ministry of Finance has started the processes required to establish the toll foundation rates while the Ministry of Roads and Highways considers them.
The proposed rates are an average of 88 percent higher than the previous charges.
“We are sending the recommended rates for input by the Ministry of Roads and Highways to enable this Ministry to finalise the schedule of fees under the upcoming Legislative Instrument,” the Finance Ministry said in a statement.
The government will start collecting road tolls on a few major roads this year.
The reinstatement of the road toll was one of the revenue-generating plans included in Finance Minister Ken Ofori-2023 Atta’s budget, which was presented to Parliament last November.
Tolls on public roads were discontinued in November 2021 as part of policy measures announced by the government in the 2022 Budget, displacing several road toll collectors.
Ken Ofori-Atta, the Finance Minister, admitted that the suspension of road toll collection had hampered the government’s revenue generation.
According to him, the government is having a difficult time handling the major issue caused by the hasty decision made in anticipation of the E-passage. levy’s
The Minority in Parliament has been advocating for the reintroduction of road tolls, claiming that the suspension was not financially sustainable, particularly given the government’s struggle to raise revenue.