Drivers should prepare themselves for increased road tolls in 2023, according to Roads Minister Kwasi Amoako Atta.
According to him, the prior road toll payment was insufficient to build adequate decent roads.
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As a result, the amount paid as road tolls will be increased in order to get more funding to create decent roads in the nation.
We were paying the lowest toll in the world for fantastic and wonderful roads. If we want nice roads, we must be willing to spend more. The fifty pesewas and one cedi will no longer be paid. Tolls are considerably more costly in other countries,” he claims.
Meanwhile, Mr Amoako-Atta has claimed that road tolls would be paid electronically.
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We want to construct a contemporary highway with toll facilities, but those toll facilities will be electronic in nature. If it must be delivered, it will be done electronically.”
He went on to say that “road tolls have not been annulled or eliminated since the legislation to collect tolls remains in effect.”
Tolls on public highways will be eliminated in November 2021 as part of the government’s policy initiatives proposed in the 2022 Budget.
However, it has been restored by the government as one among the income initiatives in the 2023 budget given to Parliament by Finance Minister Ken Ofori-Atta.
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“The fiscal policy measures to underpin the 2023 Budget for consideration and approval by Parliament include the reintroduction of tolls on selected public roads and highways, with a renewed focus on leveraging technology in collection to address the inefficiencies characterized by the previous toll collection regime,” according to paragraph 462 of the 2023 Budget statement.
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