Users of the toll roads have been assured by Transport and Works Minister, Hon. Michael Henry, that there will be no increases in the rates this year.
Speaking at Wednesday's (June 16) post-Cabinet media briefing at Jamaica House, Mr. Henry cited a "lower willingness" by motorists using the toll roads to pay the charges, due to the ongoing economic recession, which has resulted in a decline in traffic volume as well as revenues, as the reason behind the decision.
He also noted the decision by highway operator, Transjamaican Highway Limited, not to seek any change to the current toll tariffs. The decision will apply until next April, when the rates will be reviewed in time for implementation in June.
"Prior to that, we (will be) looking at how to increase the accessibility to the toll roads, by making some amendments to different areas that were not put in place at the beginning of the toll design," he said.
The Minister pointed out that the review of the toll tariff structure is currently being undertaken annually, instead of every six months as was the case initially, in keeping with a decision made by Cabinet in 2008.
The toll roads in question are: Kingston to Bushy Park (The Vineyards Toll Plaza);Kingston to Spanish Town (The Spanish Town Toll Plaza); and Portmore (The Portmore Toll Plaza).