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No More Road Tolls Takes Effect

The government of Ghana has abolished all tolls on public roads and bridges.

The Minister of Finance, Ken Ofori-Atta stated it in the 2022 budget he presented in parliament yesterday.

According to Mr Ken Ofori-Atta, the approach is to intensity productivity and reduce environmental pollution.

Also, to reduce heavy traffic found at toll points.

The Finance Minister added that, the toll collection personnel will be reassigned

“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 stated.

“To address these challenges, Government has abolished all tolls on public roads and bridges. This takes effect immediately the Budget is approved. The toll collection personnel will be reassigned. The expected impact on productivity and reduced environmental pollution will more than off-set the revenue forgone by removing the tolls,” Mr Ofori-Atta added.

The abolishment of road tolls and bridges has taken effect. The Ministry of Roads and Highways announced it in their release yesterday.

Statement from the release;

"Following the presentation of the 2022 Budget by the Hon. Minister of Finance on behalf of His Excellency, the president of the Republic of Ghana on Wednesday November 17, 2021, the Ministry of Road and Highways hereby directs the cessation of the collection of road and bridges tolls at all locations nationwide. This directive takes effect from 12am on Thursday November 18th 2021.

The Motor Traffic and Transport Department (MTTD) of the Ghana Police Service will be on the hand to provide security at the Toll locations from effective date.

Motorists are kindly advised to approach the location with caution and observe all safety measures that will be put in place.

The motoring public will be advised of further measures in due course."

Signed by Minister of Roads and Highways, Hon. Kwesi Amoako-Attah.

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