Double taxation Kenyans to start paying for driving on major highways

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Kenyan motorists will soon start to pay user fees on major highways as the government moves to introduce tolling on its roads

  play A section of the Thika Road super-highway. The road is among those expected to have toll stations. (Nairaland)

Kenyan motorists will soon start to pay user fees on major highways as the government moves to introduce tolling on its roads under the public private partnership (ppp).

The Ministry of Transport and Infrastructure is in negotiations with private investors for building and maintaining major highways by March next year.

According to Infrastructure PS, John Mosonik, the deal will pave the way for the introduction of toll stations where investors will recover their investment from fees paid by motorists for use of the roads.

Affected roads

The major highways to be affected are:

  • Thika Road
  • Southern bypass
  • Nairobi-Mombasa Highway
  • Nairobi-Nakuru-Mau Summit Higfhaway
  • Second Nyali bridge

The move will add to the tax burden on Kenyans who are already paying for the building and maintenance of roads through a levy that is included in petroleum pump prices.

play President Uhuru Kenyatta (left) and his Tanzanian counterpart John Magufuli unveil the monument of Nairobi Southern Bypass during a launching ceremony held in Nairobi on November 1, 2016. (Xinhua)

 

Motorists pay Sh18 road maintenance levy per litre of diesel or petrol for road use.

According to the ministry Sh380 billion is needed to expand and maintain roads every year.

PS Mosonik said the Private Public Partnership Unit, a department under Treasury, will oversee the financing of roads and bridge projects that will spur economic growth.

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