ROAD TOLLS TO BE INTRODUCED IN KENYA IF PROPOSAL IS APPROVED

Motorists on some highways in Nairobi will have to pay tolls if a proposal by the Government is passed.

This follows a decision to award a contract of between 25 and 30 years to a private company to upgrade the affected highways into dual carriageways.

This means that a motorist driving from Nairobi to Nakuru- a distance of 157 kilometres- will pay Sh785. Driving from Nairobi to Mombasa, a distance of 484 kilometres, will cost a motorist Sh2,420 in toll charges.

Road users will pay Sh5 for every kilometre travelled from Mombasa to Mau Summit interchange in Nakuru if proposals made to the government are adopted.

Under the proposal, which has to get Cabinet and Parliament approval before it is effected, a private firm will upgrade and maintain roads.

Apart from the Mombasa-Nakuru stretch, the tolling proposal will also affect road users of the Thika Superhighway and the Southern bypass and Likoni-Nyali Bridge in Mombasa.

In March, Transport Cabinet Secretary James Macharia put on hold a plan to introduce a similar toll on the Southern bypass after motorists complained of double taxation.

On Wednesday, Kenya National Highways Authority Director General Peter Munindia said the proposed tolls will replace the Fuel Levy Funds in the roads in what the government hopes will reduce time of travel, accidents and traffic jams.

Currently, motorists pay S8 for every litre of diesel or petrol to the government as road maintenance levy to finance improvement of roads and construction of new ones.

Infrastructure Principal Secretary John Mosonik said that the tolling proposal will be discussed by the Cabinet in its next meeting.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK.