21 Jul ROLL BACK THE TOLL NOW, PHILLIPS TELLS GOVERNMENT
Wednesday, July 20, 2017: Opposition spokesman on transport Mikael Phillips is calling for the immediate reinstatement of the North South Highway toll rate which was in place prior to the shortage of coins.
A shortage of coins was reported in April, and the operators of the North South Highway approached the Government for a temporary rate increase which would see the rounding off of charges to the nearest $50 or $100. This increase, which was granted by the transport ministry, eliminated the need for $10 or $20 in change to road users.
The increased toll rate affected thousands of motorists in Classes 1, 3 and 4.
Last week Governor of the Bank of Jamaica Brian Wynter told Parliament’s Economy and Productions Committee that coin supplies are now in adequate quantities.
According to Phillips, transport minister Mike Henry, who said the increase would have been temporary has an obligation to the traveling public to roll back the charges immediately as the coin shortage has eased.
“The Andrew Holness Government must begin to act in the interest of the Jamaican people, and do what is right for all. If the adjustment was temporary, then this increase needs to be rolled back immediately.” Phillips said.