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Jamaica: Phillips calls for cushion to new toll rates

Opposition Spokesman on Transport Mikael Phillips says he has written to Minister of Transport Robert Montague urging him to consider a mechanism to cushion the effect of the new toll rates on the commuting public.

Phillips wrote to Montague yesterday regarding the notice of intention to vary toll rates that was published in newspapers over the signature of the Transport Minister, dated June 14, 2021.

He said he was fully aware of the provisions of the law and the clauses in the Tolling Policy Agreement, including Schedule 15 of the Concession Agreement, which permit an annual application for an increase in the toll tariffs.

However, he questioned the timing of the transport minister’s intention to approve such a significant increase of 10% at this time.

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