Cut proposed toll rates by a third
THE EDITOR, Sir:
The National Consumers League (NCL) has taken note of the proposed toll rates to be charged for usage of the North-South highway link. The rate, as proposed, is too high considering the impact it will have on the cost of living. For example, it is likely to affect the cost of bus and taxi fare; and the cost of transporting goods, which then raises the price charged to the consumers.
It is highly likely that the volume of traffic anticipated will not be realised judging by the experience of Highway 2000, so the taxpayers (consumers) will be called upon to pay the difference to make up the expected revenue. There is no guarantee that the rates will hold because depreciation of the Jamaican dollar will again impact the rates in the near future.
The NCL is suggesting that consideration be given towards lowering the proposed rates by at least one third across all classes of vehicles and make up the difference in volume instead.