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Toll discount to run for a month

Published:Friday | March 25, 2016 | 12:02 AMChristopher Serju
Motorists travel through the Caymanas toll booth in St Catherine on the North-South Highway yesterday, after it was officially opened.

The 25 per cent discount on toll rates announced by Prime Minister Andrew Holness during Wednesday’s official opening of the north-south link of Highway 2000 will run for an entire month, counting from midnight March 23.

This will allow adequate time for Government to continue negotiations with the toll operator, Jamaica North South Highway, to arrive at a fee rate structure that would be economically viable for the operator and affordable to the motoring public.

The discount was arrived at following two days of intense talks between Holness and the toll road operators, in the wake of public outcry against the published rates which were deemed to be exorbitant.

For example, a motorcyclist would be required to spend $1,200 on a roundtrip starting from Caymanas, St Catherine. A trucker would fork out $7,400 for the 66 kilometre trip to Mammee Bay, St Ann and back.

In addition to the new toll rates, motorists will have to adjust to a new payment system. Instead of paying at toll booths along the highway, they will now receive a toll card at the point of entry, which they will present to the toll clerk at the exit booth, at which time the amount to be paid will be determined.

This is calculated based on the class of the vehicle and the entry point on the highway.