Stay of execution on toll increase
The proposed increase in the toll rates for the North-South Highway scheduled to take effect on September 9, 2017 has been delayed, at least until next year.
Operators of the highway made the decision to withhold the increase for the rest of this year after holding talks with Transport and Mining Minister Mike Henry.
However, some rates will be rounded up or down to the nearest $50 or $100, resulting in some motorists paying less.
The transport minister welcomed the decision of the toll operators, noting that he was happy that the management of the highway was sensitive to the cries of the motorists and is prepared to do everything to make the use of the highway viable for everyone.
Henry argued that while investors are seeking to recoup their investment over time, it was also important that motorists could afford to use the highway.
He said the proposed increase would not have found favour with many motorists, and the risk of losing customers would be one squarely on the shoulders of the operators.