Issues Road tolling in Ghana to be automated

National Chairman of the Association of Road Contractors, Joseph Ebo Hutton has said the move will reduce stealing at tollbooths.

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Road tolling will soon be automated to  reduce stealing at the tollbooths through human contact, Joseph Ebo Hutton, the National Chairman of the Association of Road Contractors has said.

Speaking on the need to increase road tolls, Mr. Hutton said some private companies tasked with collecting the road tolls, have since 2010 failed to account for some 9million cedis.

"We are now looking at about 73,000 kilometres of roads that have to be maintained. If Ghanaians are comlaining that they are not seeing anything, it is because the money that come into the fund is not enough to enable us see anything [in terms of roads maintenance," he told Accra-based Joy FM.

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Touching on recent shoddy roads being done by some local contractors, Mr. Hutton said this is basically due to delayed payments for the said contractors.

"A contractor will do a road, put on the first coat, and then he has to wait for one year and a half to be paid. Now the first coat is not supposed to be driven on for more than three months before he comes to apply the second and final filling because it is not a very solid material; it is just to cover the base material that was put on it to fill it a little bit.

"And so when it stays for over one-and-a-half years...the road is being used and then because the material on it is not the final filling, the potholes start developing," Mr. Hutton explained.

He argued that road tolls must be increased as the number of roads needing maintenance had more than doubled between 2000 and 2015.

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