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Reclassification of Portmore toll road unjust

Published:Tuesday | January 5, 2016 | 1:00 AM

THE EDITOR, Sir:

The Greater Portmore Joint Council (GPJC) condemns the recent vehicle classification for the Portmore leg of Highway 2000 by the toll operators and is calling for the immediate rollback. The GPJC is also calling for the immediate intervention of the minister of transport and works under whose portfolio the toll operation falls.

The reasons given by the operators are far from adequate and are in total conflict with documents in the possession of the GPJC dating from as early as March 16, 2005, taken from the then official site of Highway 2000. In fact, a perusal of the National Road Operating and Constructing Company (NROCC) website reveals that the original agreements from 2001 showed that the regulating height for motor vehicles centred around 2.0 metres and that there was an adjustment made in recent times to adjust this height requirement to 1.7 metres.

The GPJC, therefore, questions why this height adjustment was made bearing in mind that it would be the motorist who would be placed at a financial disadvantage. Who authorised this adjustment as the concession agreement is clear as to the procedure to be followed? Was this adjustment being done to facilitate or to be in line with what is the current height classification that now exists in the north-to-south corridor of Highway 2000?

HOWARD D. HAMILTON (JP)

Greater Portmore Joint Council Infrastructure Leader