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Kenya to reintroduce toll stations on major roads

The Government is inviting bids for transaction advisory services for the procurement of a tolling operator, bringing the journey towards the reintroduction of toll stations on some roads closed.

According to the national treasury, the toll stations would be offered under a Public Private Partnership (PPP) with proceeds used for developing and maintaining roads.

The ministry of transport has been decrying that budgetary allocation from the National Treasury as well as money collected through the Road Maintenance Levy has not been enough for the development and maintenance of roads.

The World Bank is financing the project seeking to increase private sector investment in the infrastructure sector that will create an enabling environment to generate a pipeline of bankable PPP projects.

The National Treasury has since invited bids from consultancy firms to provide transaction advisory services for the procurement of a tolling operator for Kenya’s first mover toll roads PPP program.

The transaction advisors are expected to assist the PPP unit and contracting agencies to select competitively a capable tolling operator company for Kenya’s first mover toll roads PPP program through a PPP arrangement.

The project shall be undertaken in two phases with the first phase involving a feasibility study and project implementation schedule while the second phase will be PPP procurement. The consultancy firms have until the end of the month to submit their bids.

There will be three formats of charging toll fees at tollbooths: a manual format where motorists stop and pay; an electronic system that uses prepaid cards that can be swiped; and a third system in which vehicles may be fitted with tags.

The charging formula was yet to be determined.

 

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