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Government pushing for longer intervals for toll increases

Published:Friday | July 1, 2016 | 4:33 PM

The Government is pushing to have the developers of Highway 2000 increase toll rates every two years instead of annually.

New toll rates are to take effect tomorrow and persons have been complaining about the hike.

Transport and Works minister, Mike Henry says he’s aware the new rates are in keeping with the Tolling Policy Agreement of June 2008, and that the Developer has kept the increases below the capped total.

However, Henry says given the current state of the economy and the push towards growth and development, it would be more beneficial to users of the highway if the period for rate reviews was longer.

He’s expressing optimism he might be able to get the period extended by a year, noting that he was previously successful in getting it moved from six months to one year.

Henry says he will also be suggesting that TransJamaican High Way Limited explore offering improved frequent user discounts, special incentives for developers of housing solutions in zones along the highway, more T Tag promotions, Variable Toll Rates for Weekends to make the highway more affordable for users.