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New toll fees irk Portmore users

Published:Sunday | July 5, 2015 | 7:00 AM
Motorists approach the toll plaza along the Portmore led of Highway 2000.

Motorists using the Portmore leg of Highway 2000 reacted with anger to the new toll fees, which took effect yesterday.

Under the new rate structure, motorists will pay J$180 for a class one vehicle, up J$10; J$290 for class 2 vehicles, up J$30; and J$550 for class 3 vehicles, up J$30 as well.

When the Portmore leg of Highway 2000 was officially opened in July 2006, the toll rate for class one vehicles was J$60, J$100 for class 2 and J$200 for class three vehicles.

Despite numerous advertisements, several persons were caught off-guard by the increases and expressed their displeasure.

One motorist told the Gleaner-Power106 News Centre that the increase may not seem like much, but says overtime they add up.

Another motorist, who lives in Portmore but works in Kingston, expressed the view that enough vehicles are using the highway to prevent a yearly increase in toll rates.