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The Federal Government has approved operation of tollgate on the roads and bridge across the country
The decision was reached at the Federal Executive Council Meeting held on Wednesday presided over by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo.
Minister of Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola, SAN, briefed newsmen after the meeting.
Fashola said the policy and accompanying regulations were developed after extensive consultations with various stakeholders within and outside the government, including Transport Unions like NURTW, NARTO, RTEAN.
He said “also, a Willingness-To-Pay Survey was carried out, to arrive at the recommended pricing framework. The fees at existing tolled roads (Lagos and Abuja Airport Toll Plazas, and the Lekki and Ikoyi Toll Plazas) were also taken into consideration.”
Highlights of the new Federal Tolling Policy, as shared by the Minister, are as follows:
“It will be an Open Tolling system (just like the one that used to be in existence in the country), instead of a Closed Tolling system. (A Closed Tolling system means that you pay per distance traveled (‘distance-dependent’), while Open Tolling means you pay a fixed/flat rate that is not dependent on distance traveled)
“Only dual carriageways owned by the Federal Government will be eligible for tolling by the Federal Government. (Of the 35,000km of Federal Roads in existence in the country, only 5,050km are dual carriageway). Federal carriageways that are single, i.e. undivided highways will not be tolled. The only exceptions here will be some bridges, which are listed in the Policy.
“Toll Revenues will be used to maintain the roads and also to repay investors who have invested in building or completing a road under the Highway Development Management Initiative (HDMI).
“Electronic Toll Collection and Management systems will be prioritized over Cash systems.,