The Govt. , the Ministry or Transport , the RDA or some other body is now contemplating how much to charge. In my opinion it SHOULD NOT be based on the recovery of costs of the Expressway which grossly overran the initial cost estimates. The basis of Toll must be simple to encourage as many vehicles to use it, so it will greatly reduce the traffic on the already congested road that has little to do with Airport traffic.
In my opinion as the Expressway is a mere 23KM where as Galle is 100KM for which Rs440 is charged, and the use very minimal despite all the rhetoric in the papers about how much is collected. There should be just one toll irrespective of where the motorist gets on or off and it should be taken in one place for both directions at the point the expressway passes the new Outer Colombo Circular Road which is yet to come into operation. If traffic uses it before and gets off before the toll then they will NOT be subject to a toll on both directions and that is fair. Why should there be toll gates everywhere, it is just a nuisance.
I know we believe that a toll at the entrance and exit will prevent unauthorized vehicles entering the expressway, but that can be done by just a posted officer at the entrance to prevent those not permitted. In this way there will be no tickets issued just the standard payment, which can be collected by a machine and in future by electronic means by use of windscreen tags where top ups can be made on line and NO cash passes hands, a safe and effective way to counter theft, and now universally used worldwide .
It must be remembered that Portugal got a new series of motorways, and because the toll charges are high, they are hardly used by the public, negating the whole point of the motorway, leaving it to be a desolate wasteland not being used, at a huge loss to the state.
I believe when one takes the time saved and time value of money the Toll should be Rs200 whatever the distance used and travelled, and this will ensure optimum income, as well as maximum benefit to the traveler. I believe all buses should be permitted on the Expressway bearing in mind they are sufficiently road worthy and be charged Rs 500, as well as for heavy lorries and 40ft containers. Let’s see what happens in reality.
Of course I will be intrigued by the rationalization of the RDA in determining their rates, which I am sure will be quite different to my explanation!