KAMPALA – President Yoweri Museveni has assented to the Road Bill, paving away for government to start collecting toll fees from motorists using the Kampala-Entebbe Expressway.
In May 2019, Parliament passed the Roads Bill, 2018, which among others, seeks to reform the law relating to the development, management and maintenance of public roads and access to roads in order to conform with current Government policies, plans and programmes.
The President’s assent to the law was communicated by the Executive Director of the Uganda Media Centre, Mr Ofwono Opondo via his official twitter handle.
“President Kaguta Museveni has asserted the Road amendment Act recently passed by Parliament which will among others pave way to institute the collection of road toll on the Entebbe Expressway by UNRA (Uganda National Roads Authority),” Mr Opondo said.
Clause 6 of the Bill provides for the tolling of roads and bestows power upon the Roads minister to declare any road, group of roads or a portion of a road as a toll road in consultation with the Ministry of Finance and the relevant road authority. The Bill also criminalises placing or burning on a public road, any substance that can damage the public road, bridge, ferry as well as spilling oil on roads and person found doing so commits an offence and is liable, on conviction, to a fine not exceeding 20,000 currency points approximately Shs400M but the fine was reduced to Shs500,000 to make them commensurate to the offences.