UPDATE: North South Highway toll fees to be rolled back
Minister of Transport Mike Henry has rescinded the Ministry’s decision not to roll back the toll rates on the North South Highway.
In a statement this afternoon, Henry said the decision to have the fees rolled back came amid him being satisfied that there is no longer a shortage of coins, which led to the increase a few months ago.
The Minister said: “I am now advising that there will indeed be a roll back of the toll rates as soon as the operators confirm with me that they have ease of access to coins. This roll back should be effective this weekend.
“I am mindful that the Ministry had given a commitment to the public at the time of the adjustment, that as soon as the coin shortage eased there will be a roll back of the rates. It is my intention to honour that commitment.
“Furthermore the largest impact of the adjusted rates has been felt by motorists traversing the Caymanas to Angels leg of the highway. These motorists must now enjoy a reduction in the rate. The position articulated earlier in a letter to the PAAC (Parliament's Public Accounts and Appropriations Committee) and subsequent news release has now been rescinded.
“I am now awaiting the formal receipt of the final application from the toll road operators for a rate review, which must be received 60 days in advance of the effective date of the variation of the rates. This is in keeping with the Concession Agreement between the government of Jamaica and the Toll Road Operators and should come into effect in September of this year,” he said.