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Toll Stations in Kenya: Motorists in Kenya will from July start paying road toll fees. Failure to pay the fees and driving through toll stations will attract a fine of up to Sh. 50,000 or a six-month jail term. This is according to the Finance Bill 2020 which is set to take effect from July 1.

The bill further says that motorists who will be caught driving through a toll station that is not designated for the passage of the vehicle will also face a Sh. 50,000 fine or a jail sentence of up to six months.

According to a report that appeared in a local daily, the National Assembly’s Finance and National Planning Committee amended the Public Roads Toll Act to increase the penalty from Sh. 5,000 to Sh. 50,000.

“The amendment seeks to enhance the penalty for failure or fraudulently passing through a toll station without paying or failure to use the designated route for passage through a toll station,” the committee chair Joseph Limo said.

The list of highways, where motorists may soon start paying includes Nairobi-Nakuru, Nairobi-Mombasa, Nairobi-Thika and Nairobi’s Southern Bypass. The Kenya National Highways Authority (KenHA) had last year recommended between Sh. 6 – Sh. 30 per kilometre to use the Nairobi-Nakuru-Mau Summit road in varying fees based on the capacity of the vehicle. Motorists who do not wish to use the toll highways can still rely on other roads connecting the towns to the capital but will have to cope with heavy snarl-ups.

Roads tolls were initially introduced in Kenya in the late 1980s, but were scrapped in the mid-1990s in favour of the Roads Maintenance Levy to eliminate corruption at local toll stations. The levy is currently charged at Sh. 18 per litre for petrol and diesel. Toll Stations in Kenya.

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