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Have a heart for toll road users

Published:Monday | August 17, 2015 | 8:00 AM

THE EDITOR, Sir:

With the Government's revelation of plans to increase toll rates on the North-South Highway at the Mount Rosser toll plaza by as much as 80 per cent, I think the public should be sensitised and made privy to the rationalisation of this hike.

Without a doubt, China Harbour Engineering Company (CHEC) has a right to secure a return on their investments for the next 50 years. But my concern is about us, the Jamaican people.

When considerations of an increase are pending, are there concerns for the average man or woman? The fact that we are seeing increases from every nook and cranny? The fact that we are seeing no increase in our income but in everything else? The fact that outside of this increase of the toll, goods will increase and consumers will have to dig deeper?

After CHEC has received its investment returns in 50 years or less, who will maintain the roads after the agreement has ended? Will we continue to pay CHEC for maintenance of the toll road or will we start to patch the highway like all other roads in Jamaica?

This letter is not to bash the Government about decisions made on its citizens' behalf. One has to think about the effects on the small man who is already struggling to make ends meet.

Please, have a conscience when implementing increases on us, the Jamaican people. The cost of living is already too high.

RICARDO COLE

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