KAMPALA – The ministry of Works and Transport on Saturday commenced the Kampala- Entebbe Expressway road toll collection where different road users will be paying different amounts.
Road users can either pay cash or use their prepaid cards to use the 51km long road.
Speaking to journalists at the launch, Transport and Works Minister, Gen Edward Katumba Wamala said the fees will not only be used to pay the $350 million loan from Exim Bank of China but also to provide better services on the road for the enjoyment of every user.
“The lights will be installed and you will enjoy driving on this road. Kampala-Jinja Expressway, Mpigi-Busega Expressway and more others are also coming. The same principles(of road tolling) will apply on those roads.”
“It’s a good experience that as Ugandans we’re contributing to the development needs of our economy. Right now, most of the money we use is borrowed. It is high time we started generating our own revenue to do these projects,” he added.
Who is to pay how much?
Motorcycles with more than 400cc and not boda bodas will pay shs3000, light vehicles shs5000, medium goods vehicles(2-3axles) shs10,000, large goods vehicles and buses (4-5 axles) shs15000 whereas large goods vehicles will pay shs18000 per trip.
Accordingly, weekly users will be given a 50% discount for seven-day return trips purchased in advance whereas monthly users will have up to 70% in discount for 30 days return trips paid for in advance whereas electronic prepaid card users will have 10% discount per trip
However, those who pay cash at the booth will not be entitled to discounts unlike those using prepaid cards.
Using the road will greatly help ease traffic jam from Uganda’s capital, Kampala to Entebbe as well as reducing the travel time for motorists to the airport from 120 minutes in the past using the narrow old Entebbe road to only 30 minutes.
Only the presidential convoy, ambulances and fire brigade will be exempted from paying the roll toll for using the Kampala-Entebbe Expressway.