Mayor of May Pen, Councillor Milton Brown has recommended that the toll fee from Sandy Bay to Kingston on the 22-kilometre stretch of Highway 2000 should not exceed $120.
"I also recommend that an exit be opened to Bushy Park and the original $50 to this exit be applied, and that a toll of $100 be applied to Spanish Town and $120 to Kingston," he said.
Mayor Brown was speaking at the monthly meeting of the Clarendon Parish Council on Thursday, January 13.
He pointed out that the Highway opened up many opportunities in the parish, but the toll fee was too high.
Currently, at the new Spanish Town Toll Plaza, Class one vehicles (less than 1.7 metres high but any length) are paying a $50 toll, $60 for class two vehicles (more than 1.7 metres high but less than 5.5 metres long) and $120 for class three vehicles (more than 1.7 metres high and more than 5.5 metres long).
At the Vineyards Toll Plaza in Clarendon, Class one vehicles (less than 1.7 metres high but any length) are now paying a $160 fee, while a $200 fee is levied on class two vehicles (more than 1.7 metres high but less than 5.5 metres long). There is a fee of $400 for class three vehicles (more than 1.7 metres high and more than 5.5 metres long).
Mayor Brown said Highway 2000 was welcome and "we are looking forward to the commencement of construction of the other leg in the parish. I hope that the management will rationalize the operations speedily and reduce the toll to a more tolerable limit".
He pointed out that regular users of the toll road from May Pen to Spanish Town could pay between $80,000 and $100,000 per year.
The Mayor told JIS News that his proposal was not in conflict with Prime Minister P. J. Patterson's recommendation that the toll operators amend the rates for regular users.