Nigerians are to start paying tolls soon on federal roads as the Federal Executive Council (FEC) on Wednesday approved a new tolling policy and regulations.
The new policy is tagged “Federal Roads and Bridges Tolling Policy and Regulations. It is said to have been undergoing development for quite some time before yesterday’s approval.
Going by the approval, cars will be made to pay N200, SUVs, N300, private buses, N300, commercial buses, N150, luxury buses and trucks, N500
Minister of Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola, SAN, briefing after the press after the meeting, said the policy and the accompanying regulations were developed after extensive consultations with various stakeholders within and outside the government, including transport unions like NURTW, NARTO and RTEAN.
“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,” Fashola said.
Continuing, Fashola said the: “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. (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.
“The following will be exempted from tolling: bicycles, tricycles, motorcycles, Diplomatic vehicles, military and paramilitary vehicles.
“The tolling policy is a broad national framework that will serve as a guide for States and Local Governments who seek to implement their own tolling policies.
“People who live around Toll Plaza areas will benefit from what is called ‘Frequent User’ discounts, in line with global best practice.”