Kenyan motorists will soon have nothing to smile about as the government continues to prepare the new law that will guide the introduction of toll fees on major highways in Kenya.
The Attorney-General, the National Treasury and the Ministry of Transport have been two weeks by the National Assembly to table a Bill in Parliament that will guide the imposition of toll fees on major highways in the country.
The major highways where motorists will soon start paying toll fees include Nairobi-Nakuru, Nairobi-Mombasa, Nairobi-Thika, and Nairobi’s Southern Bypass.
“This committee is giving you only two weeks and we expect that you will table the Bill on March 12 when we meet,” said David Pkosing, Chairman of the National Assembly’s Transport Committee.
In July 2019, KeNHA announced recommendations for motorists using the Nairobi-Nakuru Highway and the JKIA-Westlands Expressway to pay toll charges.
In the recommendations, motorists were to part with between 1,458 to 7,290 shillings to use the Nairobi-Nakuru Highway, for a one-way trip.
According to KeNHA, high-capacity vehicles like transit lorries were to pay 30 shillings per kilometer to use the highway while low-capacity vehicles like saloon cars will pay 6 shillings per kilometer on the 243-kilometer road.
Peter Mundinia, KeNHA director-general, has said that motorists were also to pay the same charges to use the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA) to Westland’s expressway that starts at Mlolongo and end in Westlands, a total of 18.586 kilometers.