Motorists using Kampala-Entebbe Expressway will at the end of this week start paying for using this road, Uganda National Roads Authority(UNRA) has said
According to UNRA, starting Saturday, January, 8, 2022, The government will commence the collection of toll fees on Entebbe Express High Way for all motorists using this route. The commercial exercise had to start on January 1 as per the communication made in November last year.
“Today, we have commenced issuance of toll electronic cards (free of charge) to all the Kampala-Entebbe Expressway road users and cards are now available at the toll plazas of Busega, Kajjansi and Mpala. Motorists will required to have either a national ID to passport to acquire one but continue using the road freely until actual tolling begins,” UNRA said on Monday.
A special discount will be for only those with cards while those that will pay cash will have no discount.
Based on the document that was released last year, the vehicle types accessing the express highway were classified into four various classes of class 1, class 2, class 3, and class 4. The fees that they are expected to pay include 18% VAT.
How much to pay?
Classes of vehicles were categorized as;
Class 1 vehicles which include motorcycles 400cc will pay a toll fee of Shs3,000.
Class 2 which are light vehicles with 2-3 axles to be charged Shs5,000.
Class 3 vehicles which include light vehicles with three axles or more, medium goods vehicles with two or three axles will pay Shs10,000.
large goods vehicles and buses(4-5 axles) shs15000 whereas large goods vehicles will pay shs18000,”Gen Katumba said, noting that the fees will be for one way use.
Weekly users will be given a 50% discount for seven-day return trips purchased in advance whereas monthly users will have up to 70% in discount for 30 days return trips paid for in advance according to the government. “Electronic card users will have 10% discount per trip,” they added.
The Kampala-Entebbe Expressway worth $476 million (shs1.8 trillion) has two sections of a 36.94km-long and a 12.68km-long link road and was constructed by China Communication Construction Company is expected to ease traffic jam from Uganda’s capital and the travel time for motorists to the airport from 120 minutes in the past using the narrow old Entebbe road to only 30-45 minutes.