Coin shortage forces charge to toll rates

April 27, 2017
A worker presses the automatic card dispenser on the North-South link of Highway 2000.

The operators of the North South Highway say they can't get enough coins to make change for users of the toll road. They have been granted permission to vary the rates which means they will now collect only paper money at the toll booth.

The transport ministry said that motorists using the Angels to Caymanas and Unity Valley to Linstead sections of the highway will pay $20 more while those using all other sections of the Highway will pay less.

The operators of the highway said that coins in their possession will be exhausted by Friday. They contend that on a daily basis, an average of 60,000 coins in denomination of $10 and $20.