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Consumers' League rejects proposed toll increases

Published:Monday | June 13, 2016 | 6:27 PM
The operators of Highway 2000 have applied to the Toll Authority requesting an increase of up to $110 in toll rates come next month.

The National Consumers' League has rejected the proposed toll rate increase for the Highway 2000.

The operators of Highway 2000 have applied to the Toll Authority requesting an increase of up to $110 in toll rates come next month.

If approved, the increase will affect motorists using the Portmore, Spanish Town, Vineyards and May Pen toll plazas.

However, the president of the National Consumers' League Trevor Samuels says the government should not grant the increases.

In a letter to the editor, Samuels said it is already difficult for the ordinary motorists to pay the existing toll rates.

He contends that any increase would further drive motorists away from using the toll roads.

Samuels also said reducing the toll rates could be a good strategy to increase the volume of traffic and bring in more revenue.