Tema-Ashaiman drivers apprehensive about removal of tollbooth

Economics Drivers Interview

Scores of drivers in the Tema Metropolis and Ashaiman municipality have expressed mixed feelings towards the directive by the government to abolish toll collection on all public roads and called for wider education on the directive.

In an interaction with the Ghana News Agency on Thursday in Tema, Mr William Nartey, a commercial driver commended the government.

He said with over 20 years’ experience in driving; “I can say without a shadow of doubt that monies collected as toll were not used to achieve the set goal hence the need for it abolition”.

He said although he did not see positive impacts of tolls on roads, he witnessed several bad fortunes of tolls including; gory accidents.

Mr Abdulai Amadu, a heavy duty driver who specialized in the transportation of goods in containers from the Harbour to all parts of the country also said the elimination of tolls was in right direction.

He added the directive would help the government’s fight against road crashes and reduce road traffic on highways in the country, adding that, “it will save time, energy and other resources”.

Mr Dennis Tetteh Aflo, a commercial driver who loads from Ashaiman to Accra and to Aflao described the directive as needless and an avenue to exploit drivers in yet another unexpected area.

He said government should have rather stopped the collection of tolls in areas that were faced with constant traffic or strategically rebuild toll booths at vantage points, but not to abolish it.

Mr Aflo said “if the payment of tolls were used towards construction of roads over the years and major roads were still dilapidated then the directive by the Finance Minister would worsen the situation”.

Mr Charles Tetteh Agbove, a driver with Kristodia Logistics And Trading Limited said the payment of toll by drivers was not a pressing issue at hand that needs to be eliminated, but the upsurge of fuel prices at an alarming rates rather deserves government intervention.

According to him, he was disappointed as he did not hear anything about reduction of fuel prices, but rather a swift focus on toll payment.

“Toll issue doesn’t cause anything to me, my plea is the price of fuel. As a driver fuel is everything, everywhere you go you must use fuel and something must be done towards the prices of fuel,” he lamented.

He added that, the hikes in the prices of goods and services was affecting Ghanaians especially the youth and government should look at it again.

Mr Agbove called on all stakeholders to be concerned and help improve the living conditions of the ordinary Ghanaian through proactive policy formulations and implementations.

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