Toll charges on National Road Number 6, which connects the Mozambican central port city of Beira to Machipanda, on the Zimbabwe border, will be reduced and their entry into force postponed to 1 January 2020, said the Mozambican Roads Fund.
From Beira to Machipanda, a 287-kilometre road, three tolls have been set up, ranging from 720 meticais (US$11.10) to 5,410 meticais (US$83.6), depending on the size and class of vehicles.
In the case of passenger transport, a car that has travelled along the entire Beira – Machipanda route would have to pay 1,500 meticais (US$23.20), an amount that, according to the daily newspaper O País, would put pressure on the accounts of the hauliers in the central provinces of Sofala and Manica.
Representatives of hauliers from the two provinces travelled to Maputo to work with the Road Fund to find a solution to the problem. The president of the Sofala Hauliers Association, Ernâni Silva, who also represented those from Manica, revealed that the meeting was positive and “will benefit both sides.”
If the postponement was immediately implemented, the new tolls on EN6 will have to be approved by the Council of Ministers, which also approved the initially contested ones.
National Road Number 6 acts as a corridor from the port of Beira to neighbouring landlocked countries, which explains the great movement of a variety of cargo trucks, including those loaded with fuel.
Costing US$410 million, financed by the China Export and Import Bank and the Government of Mozambique, the repair and enlargement works began on 1 April 2015, and the contract was awarded to Chinese company Anhui Foreign Economic Construction (Group) Co., Ltd. (Macauhub)