A country’s interest in toll roads is highlighted for two key reasons :
a. Toll collection provides a mechanism for financing construction and maintenance for new roads _ New roads are one of the key economic development indicators Cameroon clearly lacks since 19 weh!
b. Technological innovations are increasingly making possible an effective use of time-of-day pricing on toll roads to control and mitigate problems of congestion_ Congestion is second nature in the economic capital of Cameroon and other key cities that have accessible roads, some areas have potholes that can hide a Landcruiser, so where should our focus lie, Tolls or roads?
Let me break down some of the advantages of Road Pricing/Toll Gates
In the view of many economists and transportation experts, toll roads, and pricing roads more generally, offer important advantages in transportation. Key among these are:
• Efficiency: Toll roads, when used to reduce congestion through charges that reflect current utilization, send signals to consumers about the full cost of using the road.
• Building the Right Facilities: Without proper price signals (including lack of any direct charges), building expensive new urban roadways leads to continually increasing congestion.
• Providing Funding: If congestion rises, prices rise and provide the mechanism (and signal) to fund the project. Bond financing can be raised to pay for the project, with the future toll collections used as collateral.
• Reducing Sprawl: Urban sprawl is the direct result of underpricing roadways. If drivers were required to pay the true cost of using a roadway, there would be less incentive to keep moving further away from job centers.
• Fairness: Users pay for their use in proportion to their use. Where congestion charges
(or time-of-day pricing) can be implemented, they pay for the cost they impose on each
other through congestion.
• Greater Safety: According to studies, the accident rate on toll roads – where the flow of traffic is more even – is lower.
• Increased Fuel Economy: By increasing the overall capacity of a region’s transportation system, toll roads are able to absorb some of the traffic that would otherwise use non-toll highways and interstates. The result is a decrease in overall traffic congestion. Vehicles on both toll and non-toll roadways are able to move at more fuel efficient speeds.
A document signed last May recently stipulates that 14 automated toll gates will be constructed across Cameroon. The road networks concerned are:
In the face of unbelievable corruption, bad roads and mismanagement of public funds compounded with poor accountability can the Cameroon government practically break down an actual plan on how they see this project being beneficial to the country and making a change. It’s such a hopeless situation that even the automated tolls will end up causing the worse congestion because they’ll break down not be repaired for ages and all sorts of concerns
It’s such a hopeless situation that even the automated tolls will end up causing the worse congestion because they’ll break down, not be repaired for ages and all sorts of concerns _ so please we are not dummies stop budgeting and allocating high tax to an already financially afflicted community for projects that will basically end on paper!! Who needs prototypes as proof of development?