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Mount Rosser Bypass toll rate for large units too excessive - truckers

Published:Thursday | August 7, 2014 | 4:34 PM
A sign indicating the north-south leg of Highway 2000. - Jermaine Barnaby/Photographer

Jerome Reynolds, Staff Reporter

KINGSTON, Jamaica:

President of the All Island Truckers Association, Leonard Green, says the toll rate for large units on the Mount Rosser Bypass is excessive and bad for business.

The thoroughfare was officially opened on Tuesday and the Transport Minister Dr Omar Davies revealed that Class 3 drivers will be charged a rate of $1,000 when the toll rates come into effect.

Drivers of Class 1 vehicles will pay $200, while Class 2 vehicles will be charged $420.

Members of the public are currently using the thoroughfare without charge.

However, the rates will become applicable on September 5.

The President of the All-Island Truckers Association says truckers are already facing high transportation costs and cannot afford to pay one thousand dollars to use the Linstead to Moneague Leg of the North South link of Highway 2000.

Green further says the toll rate must be reduced as the proposed rate will act as a disincentive for truckers.

He says truckers will continue to use Mount Rosser to get into St Ann if the toll is not adjusted to a more affordable rate.

Green says the association will be writing to the Transport Minister to raise its objection to the excessive toll.

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