Ghana: Finance Ministry Recommends Fees, Charges for New Road Tolls

The Ministry of Finance has recommended new fees and charges for inputs in the revised Road Tolls Act to enable the restart of the collection of road tolls.

A letter dated March 10 by the Minister of Finance, Mr Ken Ofori-Atta and copied to the Minister of Roads and Highways, said the recommendation commences the procedures, necessary to determine the toll foundation rates to be considered by the Ministry of Roads and Highways.

“We are by this letter sending the recommended rates for input by the Ministry of Roads and Highways to enable this ministry to finalize the schedule of fees under the upcoming Legislative Instrument,” it noted.

Per the letter sighted by the Ghanaian Timesthere was a composite average increase rate of 88.05 per cent across the board.

Heavy busesfor instance, would pay GH¢1.50 while cars would pay 50Gp instead of the proposed GH¢2 and GH¢1 respectively.

The letter stated that, it was the responsibility of the Minister of Finance, under Section 6 of Act 1080, to amend the schedules of the Act to include or exclude MDAs and/or adjust the fees and charges collected by MDAs for their services through a Legislative Instrument, when necessary.

In line with this, it said, the Ministry was through the recommendation, initiating steps to provide for foundational rates for tolling of roads and highways as part of the amendments of the Act, pending completion of the process to identify the roads and highways to be Affected by the reintroduction of the road tolls as stated in the budget.