The Minority in Parliament has welcomed the reintroduction of road toll in 2023.
The reintroduction of the levy is contained in the 2023 budget presented to Parliament last week.
Government stopped the collection of road tolls in November 2021 after an announcement in the 2022 budget.
“Government has abolished all tolls on public roads and bridges. This takes effect immediately after the Budget is approved,” Finance Minister,Ken Ofori-Atta said while reading the 2022 budget in Parliament.
But Mr. Ofori-Atta announced the return of road toll as part of government revenue measures on selected roads in the 2023 budget.
Debating the budget statement on Wednesday, Minority Spokesperson on Roads and Transport, Governs Kwame Agbodza whilst welcoming the development, said the government was populist in canceling the toll in the first place.
“We welcome the decision by the Roads Minister to bring back road tolls. We take no pride in saying we told you so. Mr. Speaker, it was populist, unnecessary and they were there shouting we are going to do it because we have e-levy…today they have brought a law here that they want to bring back road toll.”
They, however, called for the toll to be used solely for road maintenance else they will withdraw their support for it.
“If you bring the road toll back, all the accruals must go into road maintenance. Otherwise, we are not going to support you, that is why we say de-cap the road fund,” Governs Kwame Agbodza said on the floor of Parliament.
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