A letter from the Finance Ministry directed to the Ministry of Roads and Highways has confirmed the approved fees for the reintroduced tolls on roads and bridges, which will start later this year.
Government scrapped the road toll in 2022 after Finance Minister Ken Ofori-Atta read that year’s budget in Parliament, introducing the Electronic Transaction Levy.
He revealed that the E-levy was to raise more revenue from a larger section of the public.
In a U-turn, Ken Ofori Atta announced a reintroduction of the tolls in the 2023 budget read on Thursday, November 24, 2022, citing revenue shortfalls from the e-Levy.
“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 the collection to address the inefficiencies characterized by the previous toll collection regime,” the Finance Minister stated in Parliament.
In the latest development, a letter dated Friday, March 10, suggests that Ofori-Atta has given his ministry’s inputs regarding the proposals on the fees and charges tabled for approval by the Roads Ministry.
According to the letter, there is an average increase rate of 88.05 percent across board.
Heavy buses are to pay GH¢1.5 as approved by the Finance Ministry instead of the proposed GH¢2 by the Roads Ministry.
Cars will also pay GHp50 instead of the proposed GH¢1
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Ghana | Atinkaonline.com | Vivian Adu