The Minister of Finance, Ken Ofori-Atta, has confirmed the abolishment of all tolls on public roads and bridges.
Presenting the 2022 budget statement to parliament on Wednesday, he stated that “This takes effect immediately the budget is approved (after appropriation or now?). The toll collection personnel will be reassigned. The expected impact onproductivity and reduced environmental pollution will more than off-set the revenue forgone by removing the tolls.”
He explained that government after government imposed and maintained tolls on some public roads to raise funds for road construction and maintenance.
This he says is the situation in many countries. However, over the years, the tolling points have become unhealthy market centres, 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, he noted.