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Motorists lash out against toll road increase

BY KIMMO MATTHEWS Observer staff reporter matthewsk@jamaicaobserver.com

Tuesday, July 03, 2012 | 1:52 PM    

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PORTMORE taxi operators today reacted with dismay regarding the pending increase in Highway 2000 toll rates.

"This come as news to me, what we going do now with this increase, you no see we hardly can find money to by gas for our vehicles," said Spartan Whyte, a taxi operator who plies his trade in Independence City, Portmore.

Whyte who said he has been working in Portmore for more than 10 years, was joined by several other operators.

"It look like we no have no talk in this country it going cost me more than normal and things still tough on the road this means more pressure," said another operator who gave his name only as 'Indian.'

Leon Walters, who lives in Greater Portmore was also concerned and questioned if the proposed increase would affect fares on public transportation.

Motorists are expected to pay more at the Portmore and Spanish Town toll plazas come tomorrow.

At the Portmore leg of Highway 2000 Class One vehicles will pay $10 more. Class Two vehicles will see an increase of $20, while drivers of Class Three vehicles will have to pay $40 extra in toll rates.

Charges at the Spanish Town leg of the highway will see an extra $10 for Class One and Class Two vehicles, while Class Three vehicles will pay an additional $20.

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