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Increased toll rates for North South Highway

by August 16th, 2017

Increased toll rates for the North South Highway are to take effect on September 9.

Transport Minister Mike Henry, is now in receipt of the proposed adjustment in toll rates for that thoroughfare.

Mr. Henry says he has received the final application from the operators of the toll road and under the concession agreement, he is obliged to consider it, even as he seeks dialogue with them.

Transport Minister Mike Henry explains that he has written to the operators requesting a meeting to begin dialogue as soon as possible.

Under the proposed new rates, operators of class 1 and 2 vehicles from Caymanas to Mamee Bay, could face a 17% increase, class 3 operators 16 % and class 4 operators 19%.

The average percentage proposed adjustment will be 17. 6 % while the highest percentage adjustment will be 31 % for class 4 vehicles travelling from Caymanas to Angels.

The lowest proposed adjustment  will be 14 % for  class 1 vehicles travelling from Caymans to Angels and class 4 vehicles travelling from Angels to Linstead and vice versa.

Details of the proposed adjustments will be published in the newspapers tomorrow and the public has 5 days to respond.

In the meantime Mr. Henry says the government will not renege from its responsibility to ensure that the alternative routes are maintained to highest acceptable standard and in that regard his ministry will be working closely with the National Works Agency.

Mr. Henry says it is important that the current state of the economy be taken into consideration, if the operations of the toll road are to be sustainable.

However, he points out that the operators are well within their rights to seek the level of increases outlined in their application and they are aware that the risk of any fall out in its utilization by motorists, is theirs and not that of the Jamaican taxpayers.

 

 

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