The toll collections will be made by French firm Egis Operations SPA. Uganda National Roads Authority -UNRA has contracted the firm at a cost of shillings 122billion for maintenance and tolling operations for five years.
The government will next year start charging road users toll fees
along Kampala-Entebbe Expressway. This was announced on Tuesday by the Minister of Works
and Transport. Gen Katumba Wamala.
In May 2011, the government acquired a loan worth US 350 Million
Dollars (approximately 1.2 Trillion shillings) from the Exim Bank of
China to finance the construction of the 51.4km Kampala -Entebbe Expressway.
The four-lane expressway comprises two road sections - a 36.94km-long section
and a 12.68km-long link road.
According to the loan agreement, the loan repayment schedule will
run from July 21st, 2019 to 21st January 2032. In the 13 year repayment period,
the government plans to pay USD 26.8 Million (approximately 101.8 billion
shillings) a year.
Initially, the government had planned to repay the loan through revenues from
the road toll on the Expressway upon its completion. However, the
road toll system had not been implemented and the road was opened to traffic in
In July 2019, the government started repaying the loan.
According to Katumba following the enactment of the Roads Act,
2020 that provides for road tolls, the government is ready to toll the road to
repay the loan and also pay the toll operator.
The toll collections will
be made by French firm Egis Operations SPA. Uganda National Roads Authority
-UNRA has contracted the firm at a cost of shillings 122billion for maintenance
and tolling operations for five years.
According to the toll fees, motorcycles with more than 400cc and
not Boda Bodas will pay 3,000 Shillings, light vehicles 5,000 Shillings, medium
goods vehicles(2-3axles) 10,000, large goods vehicles and buses(4-5 axles) 15,000
Shillings whereas large goods vehicles will pay 18,000.
Stephen Kirenga, Head of Communications at UNRA, says the road toll rates
were arrived at by stakeholders within works and finance ministries among
others. The stakeholders considered the loan repayment terms and also costs
involved in running the road such as maintenance and costs to provide security,
emergencies services such as ambulances.
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Katumba says the toll fees shall be valid for one year from the
commencement date for tolling, and that the works ministry shall review and adjust
the rates if necessary.
He however says there are weekly and monthly discounts for
frequent users who include residents of Entebbe who work in Kampala or
motorists who make several trips between the two destinations.
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However, only emergency vehicles the fire brigade and ambulance
and the presidential convoy will be exempted from paying the toll.
Kirenga says that UNRA and authority and the contractor will carry
out public awareness in the next two months about the tolling system.
Aron Muwanga, a resident of Kitooro in Entebbe Municipality says that the toll
rates are very high. He proposes that they should range from 1,000 to 10,000
Shillings depending on the class of one's vehicle and usage of the road.
Ali Twaha Sserunkuma, who resides in Busega and works at a
warehouse in Kajjansi, says he has been using the expressway to save time and
costs. He adds that due to the toll fees, taxi operators could hike the
"I pay shillings 5,000 per trip in a taxi and to my workplace
in Kajjansi. But with tolling, I hope the taxi people will not increase fares
by more than 2,000 shillings.
Jackson Sserubidde, the chairperson of Airport Taxi Services Ltd says
that UNRA should consider adopting the Uganda Civil Aviation Authority-UCAA
model of charging airport taxis a uniform monthly rate.
"We have 200 airport taxis and we each pay shillings 60,000
per month, that is shillings 2,000 per day as parking fees at the airport. This
is a fair rate,"
Sserubidde however says that if the negotiations fail, then the
airport taxi operators will have to increase the fares or ask clients to pay
the road tolls if they want to use the expressway.