Non-Automation Of Toll Booths Leading To Missed Opportunities For Increased Revenue

The government of Ghana may be missing an opportunity to increase revenue from its non-automation of toll booths.

The Chamber of Petroleum Consumers (COPEC) says the Government can make an estimated GHC 157,680,000 annually if they automated toll booths across the country.

The Chamber noted that with the average of 2.9 million registered vehicles in the country paying GHS54.37 per year, the government could get more revenue than the current figures.

Mr Duncan Amoah, the Executive Secretary at COPEC, in a news brief, said “On assumption that each vehicle pays GHS1.00 per crossing, then the total amount of money to be realised from the one hundred (100) toll booths (for in and out movements) in a year shall be equal to GHS157,680,000.

Mr Amoah said by automating the tollbooths, Ghana would gracefully join South Africa and Rwanda as the only African countries to deploy Electronic Toll Collection (ETC) System.

He explained that the ETC was seen by many as part of a wider Intelligent Transport System, which included the much talked about vehicle to infrastructure, and that Ghana must act to benefit from the fruits of technology.

The COPEC Executive Secretary averred that with the introduction of ETC systems, the printing of toll tickets would be eliminated, thereby saving the cost of printing toll tickets and also improving sanitation within the cities.

Source: Ghana News Agency

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