Afgahn Gervornment introduces New Road Toll System

Afghanistan has had a road toll system in the past but is no longer in effect. The new system will use colour coded permits (decals or stickers) that are valid for different periods of time. The stickers will be displayed on the right had side of the windshield (viewed from the inside of the vehicle). A valid sticker will permit unlimited use of all of the toll roads in the country. Initially only the roads above will make up the Afghan national road toll system but there are future expansion plans.
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Vehicle owners will be able to obtain stickers from booths at the start of the road-toll zone, roadside vendors and other distribution points.

Mobile enforcement teams will be assigned to control the implementation of the road toll system. This will consist of uniformed officers using traffic control devices such as signs, portable speed bumps and traffic cones in order to slow traffic down to check for valid stickers. The enforcement teams are mobile and can be expected to appear at any time and on any designated toll road. Penalties will be applicable for non-compliance.

Effective 1 Saratan 1385 (June 22, 2006) all vehicle owners using the following highways are required to display a valid decal (stickers):
• Kabul - Kandahar - Spin Boldak
• Kabul - Gardiz
• Kabul - Jalalabad
• Kabul - Mazar-i-Sharif

Afghanistan has had a road toll system in the past but is no longer in effect. The new system will use colour coded permits (decals or stickers) that are valid for different periods of time. The stickers will be displayed on the right had side of the windshield (viewed from the inside of the vehicle). A valid sticker will permit unlimited use of all of the toll roads in the country. Initially only the roads above will make up the Afghan national road toll system but there are future expansion plans.

Vehicle owners will be able to obtain stickers from booths at the start of the road-toll zone, roadside vendors and other distribution points.

Mobile enforcement teams will be assigned to control the implementation of the road toll system. This will consist of uniformed officers using traffic control devices such as signs, portable speed bumps and traffic cones in order to slow traffic down to check for valid stickers. The enforcement teams are mobile and can be expected to appear at any time and on any designated toll road. Penalties will be applicable for non-compliance.

The price of the decals varies based on the monthly, quarterly and annual periods and the vehicle type. The costs are as follows:

Vehicle Type
Monthly
Quarterly
Annual

Passenger
200AFS
500AFS
1,500AFS

Light Commercial
1,000AFS
2,500AFS
7,500AFS

Heavy Commercial
5,000AFS
12,500AFS
40,000AFS

Initially only monthly and quarterly decals will be available, annual decals will be implemented for the year 1386.

Exemptions: The only vehicles exempt from the requirement to display a valid decal are vehicles not having a windshield (some farm vehicles, motorcycles) and clearly identifiable military vehicles operated by ISAF/ANA forces.

We wish to inform both the Afghan and international community these roadside checks are authorized by the Government of Afghanistan.

Note: The Ministry of Finance Road Toll is the only legitimate government road toll in Afghanistan. Do not make payments to anyone for using the roads, other than to purchase a valid decal.

The Decal model provides practical equity for motorists: everyone pays a modest fee for access to toll roads, with trucks and commercial vehicles paying a higher fee. The tolls are introduced in accordance with the “user pays” principle - those who use the roads pay for them. A sustainable transport system is best funded by those using the road system.

Revenue earned from toll road implementation will generate a sustainable revenue stream to reconstruct, maintain and extend the national road network – a vital element in Afghanistan’s continuing development.


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