Toll Authority to be Strengthened


The Toll Authority is to be strengthened, with the appropriate legislative framework put in place for the effective execution of its monitoring and regulatory functions.
Transport and Works Minister, Michael Henry, contributing to the 2008/09 Sectoral Debate in the House of Representatives on Wednesday (May 28), said the Authority is currently without the requisite legislative framework, which has rendered it incapable of properly dispensing its responsibilities.
He advised that when formulated, the legislative framework will, among other things, facilitate intensified monitoring of the operation and maintenance of the toll roads and ensure the toll concessionaire’s compliance with the terms and conditions of the concession agreement.
He also announced additional staffing for the organization. “The Authority, which has also been without most of its required staffing, is to be strengthened with the addition of another inspector, a compliance officer and other administrative support staff,” he informed.
The entity is also slated to benefit from first-world cutting edge training, some of which is to be provided by the United States-based International Bridge, Tunnel and Turnpike Association (IBTTA), regarded as the foremost international road authority, and to which the Toll Authority recently gained membership.
Additionally, the Toll Authority has plans to formulate a National Toll Road Plan, which will provide the basis for discussion and analysis in preparation for the future development of toll roads locally, Mr. Henry advised.

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