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Gov’t puts an end to all tolls on public roads and bridges

Road Tolls

Finance Minister Ken Ofori Atta says Akufo-Addo’s government has abolished all tolls on public roads and bridges.

Mr. Ken Ofori Atta made the announcement during the presentation of the 2022 budget statement to Parliament on Wednesday, November 17, 2021.

He said the stoppage of the tolls on public roads and bridges take effect immediately after the Budget is approved by parliament.

He said;

Government will complete its work with this House to pass the fees and charges bill for implementation in 2022.

“These fees and charges will be subject to automatic adjustment consistent with the annual average inflation as announced by the Ghana Statistical Service (GSS).

“A comprehensive review will be conducted after every fifth-year taking into consideration, other factors besides inflation including, improvement in quality of service delivery and privatization of some of the services, where feasible. Mr. Speaker, our roads need fixing. Our roads are being fixed.

“It is true that more roads have been fixed and are being fixed over the last five years than any relative period in the entire history of our nation. We even want to do a lot more and this budget will
cater for this.

“That is why for decades, Government after Government imposed and maintained tolls on some public roads to raise funds for road construction and maintenance.

“This is the situation in many countries. However, over the years, the tolling points have become
unhealthy market centers led to heavy traffic on our roads, lengthened travel time from one place to another, and impacted negatively on productivity.

“The congestion generated at the tolling points, besides creating these inconveniences, also leads to pollution in and around those vicinities.

“To address these challenges, the Government has abolished all tolls on public roads and bridges. This takes effect immediately after the Budget is approved (after appropriation or now?). The toll collection personnel will be reassigned. The expected impact on
productivity and reduced environmental pollution will more than offset the revenue forgone by removing the tolls.”

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