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Henry to make announcement on North South Highway toll rates

Published:Monday | July 17, 2017 | 11:42 AMJerome Reynolds

Transport Minister Mike Henry is to make an announcement this week on whether to end the temporary increase in toll rates on the North-South Highway.

In April, the transport ministry approved varying rates due to a shortage of $10 and $20 coins.

The highway operator had said the coin shortage made it difficult to make change for motorists.

The adjustments to the toll rates resulted in some motorists paying less than the usual rates, while others were being charged $20 more as the rates were rounded up or down to the nearest $50 or $100.

Last week, Governor of the Bank of Jamaica, Brian Wynter, told a parliamentary committee that there is now a full supply of $10 coins on the market.

He further said the shortage of the $20 coins should be eased by the end of the month.

It has since been suggested that tolls rates should revert to normal based on the availability of $10 coins.

Henry said he has asked for a report which he will use to inform his next course of action.