Henry won't approve toll increases until highway issues resolved
Transport Minister Mike Henry says he will not approve an increase in toll rates for the North-South Link of Highway 2000 until some outstanding issues are resolved with the operator.
A release from the transport minister on Wednesday said the issues include access to security cameras, the timely repair of the landslip near Treadways and breaches of the security fence near some communities.
Henry said these issues provide a strong basis for the negotiations of rates which are affordable to road users.
In another news release yesterday, Henry said he was continuing to have dialogue with the developers, as he seeks a joint approach to resolving the issues.
The minister said until they are amicably resolved, he will not approve an increase in the toll rates.
Henry also said motorists will not be faced with an increase in toll rates come September 3.
Calls to Henry for further clarification on the matter went unanswered.
Yesterday, the transport ministry published newspaper advertisements announcing the level of increase being requested by the operator of the highway, the Jamaica North South Highway Company Limited.
If the increases are approved some motorists could pay up to $490 more to travel the Caymanas to Mammee Bay leg of the highway.
Motorists have been given until Tuesday to respond to the proposed rates.