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Last day to make submissions on proposed toll increase

Published:Tuesday | August 30, 2016 | 8:23 AM
If the increases are approved some motorists could pay up to $490 more to travel on the highway which runs from the Caymanas in St Catherine to Mammee Bay in St Ann.

Today is the last day for members of the public to make submissions to the Transport Ministry on the proposed toll increases for the North-South Link of Highway 2000.

If the increases are approved some motorists could pay up to $490 more to travel on the highway which runs from the Caymanas in St Catherine to Mammee Bay in St Ann.

The Transport Ministry says the request for a toll rate increase by the highway operators is partly due to traffic volume being lower than expected.

But the National Council of Taxi Associations says reducing the toll rates could improve traffic volumes.


IN PHOTO: Mike Henry

It says an increase is likely to see even fewer motorists using the highway because of their inability to pay the fees and the possibility that it will be cheaper to take the longer routes.

The new rates are set to come into effect on September 3, but Transport Minister, Mike Henry, has promised there will be no increase on that day.

Mr. Henry says he will not approve an increase in toll rates until outstanding issues are resolved with the operator.

He says the issues include access to security cameras, the timely repair of the landslip near Treadways and breaches of the security fence near some communities.