Cancellation of road tolls needless – GUTA President
Dr. Joseph Obeng, president of the Ghana Union of Traders Association (GUTA), has claimed that the government should not have eliminated the collecting of road tolls.
On Saturday, July 9, 2022, he refuted assertions that the toll booths’ shutdown will facilitate car flow on TV3’s Key Points program because the situation hasn’t improved.
The road tolls that were eliminated were unnecessary because people were still paying, he claimed.
Dr. Alex Ampaabeng, a fiscal policy specialist at Oxfam, expressed worries about how to generate income for road upkeep in the absence of toll collecting.
“I will say that the decision to eliminate road tolls has to be reconsidered. Ask yourself why we are even collecting the road tolls in the first place, and you will understand why I am saying that. While we may be happy that there is no longer a road toll, we should pause and consider how our roads will be maintained if you are collecting the tolls for road maintenance.
“Even with the tolls on the highways, we continued to gripe about how the worst routes are typically the ones with tolls. So how are you going to maintain these roads going forward?
It should be recalled that on November 17, 2022, the Ministry of Highways and Highways demanded the immediate cessation of toll collecting on all public roads and bridges throughout the nation.
This directive became effective on November 18, 2021, at 12:00am, according to a statement made by the sector minister, Kwasi Amoako-Attah.
It came after the Finance Ministry’s announcement that all tolls on public roads would be eliminated in the 2022 budget that Finance Minister Ken Ofori-Atta announced.
He added that the goal of the action is to reduce the amount of traffic that vehicles experience at the toll booths.