Toll gate fees increased

Toll gate fees increased

MASERU – THE Road Fund has increased toll gate fees from M30 to M40 with effect from September 1.
The Road Fund says the increase will help the agency maintain roads.

Road Fund Chief Executive Officer, Nkekeletse Makara, said the toll gate fees were last adjusted seven years ago.
The adjustment rate is at 33 percent this year as compared to 2011 when it was 50 percent.
The increases will apply at all border posts in the country.

Makara said the fee for light vehicles including motorcycles, vans and kombis has been pushed from M30 to M40.
Medium heavy vehicles (2 heavy axles) which were paying M60 will now pay M80.
“Large heavy vehicles (3 axles) were M90 but have been hiked to M120 whereas class four of extra-large heavy vehicles (4+ axles) used to pay M210 and will now be paying M280 respectively,” Makara said.

The Road Fund is mandated to collect fees from all road users. The organisation is also mandated to finance road maintenance works.
Makara said the collected user charges have in the past years fallen behind the ever rising road maintenance costs.
He said the delays in increasing fees created a maintenance gap.

He said the conditions of the roads are getting worse, which requires even higher costs to get the roads fixed.
The Road Fund works hand in hand with other agencies such as the Lesotho Revenue Authority, the Maseru City Council, the Roads Directorate and the Ministry of Local Government to carry out maintenance of roads.

“The public is therefore urged to take cognisance of these changes and are expected to humbly comply,” Makara said.

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