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Transport Ministry says Toll increase could have been lower, but too little public feedback

Published:Wednesday | June 28, 2017 | 9:49 AM

The Ministry of Transport says there was very little interest from the public to requests for feedback on the increase in toll rates on the East-West segments of Highway 2000.

Director of Communications in the Ministry, Vando Palmer, says the transport minister approved the 10 per cent increase in toll rates after the request for feedback yielded one response.

Palmer says the rate of increase could have been lower if there was sufficient response from the public objecting to the rate of increase being requested by the operators of Highway 2000.

 

Director of Communication in the Ministry of Transport, Vando Palmer

In a newspaper ad on Sunday, the operators of the highway said drivers of Class One vehicles, which include motor cars will have to pay $220 to use the Portmore Toll Road; $160 at the Spanish Town Toll Plaza; $440 at the Vineyards Plaza; and $110 at May Pen.

The toll for Class Two vehicles will be $640 at the Vineyards, $240 at Spanish Town, $350 at Portmore and $180 at May Pen.

Drivers of trucks and trailers will have to pay $670 to use the Portmore Toll Road; $440 at Spanish Town; $1,210 at the Vineyards Plaza; and $360 at May Pen.

The operators of Highway 2000 East-West say they have no choice but to adjust the toll rate due to increases in recurring input costs for road maintenance.