The Ministry of Finance has presented a proposal for new tolls on roads and bridges across the country. The reintroduction of tolls has prompted this proposal.
According to a statement released on UTV, the Ministry of Finance cited Section 6 of Act 1080 as the basis for the proposal. The section allows the minister to modify the schedules of the Act by adding or removing MDAs and/or adjusting the fees and charges for their services through a Legislative Instrument.
The statement, signed by Ken Ofori-Atta, conveyed the proposed rates as per Appendix I for review by the Ministry of Roads and Highways. This is to enable the minister to complete the schedule of fees under the impending Legislative Instrument.
The proposed tolls will include 50pesewas for motorbikes, GH¢1 for cars, and GH¢3.50 for heavy goods trucks (5 or more axles).
In 2020, during the reading of the 2021 Budget Statement and Economic Policy, the Minister of Finance, Ken Ofori-Atta, announced the cancellation of road tolls. This announcement was supported by a directive by Kwesi Amoako-Atta, the Minister of Roads and Highways, which led to the immediate closure and seizure of toll collection across the country. However, the Minority in Parliament was not in favor of the government’s decision.