12,000 vehicles using North-South Highway daily - operators
Jamaica North South Highway Company says since discounted toll rates have been applied to the North-South leg of Highway 2000, an average of 12,000 vehicles have used the road each day.
The discounted toll fees for the North-South link of the highway, which runs from Caymanas in St Catherine to Mammee Bay in St Ann took effect on March 24 and will run for a month.
Prior to that, motorists were able to drive on certain legs of the highway without cost.
The discounted rates are 25 per cent less than the original proposed amounts.
Following public outcry, the government intervened and secured the temporary discount.
Operations and maintenance manager for the North-South Leg of Highway 2000 Xiaoseng Wang told The Gleaner-Power 106 News Centre that class 1 vehicles, such as motor cars, have been the biggest users of the new highway since the rates were applied on March 24.
Class one vehicles pay $915 to use the highway or $305 less than the proposed rate.
Wang said he couldn't say how many Class 3 vehicles including trucks and big buses have been using the highway each day.
The All Island Truckers' Association denounced the $3,700 that was being proposed for truckers and had said they would not be use the thoroughfare.
With the 25 per cent decrease in the tolls, truckers and buses are now paying $925 less than the originally proposed rate.