Gov’t rejects proposed increase in Berbice Bridge toll
The Ministry of Public Infrastructure says it is not contemplating any increase for the Berbice Bridge tolls and is assuring all Berbicians and users of the bridge that it stands by its campaign promise to reduce the tolls.
The Berbice Bridge Company Inc. (BBCI) wants commuters to pay more for crossing so it can generate enough revenue to cover maintenance and operation costs, as well as make a profit so that shareholders can receive dividends.
At a press conference today, officials of the bridge proposed the following for various categories of vehicles: cars from $2200 to $8040; minibuses from $2200 to $8040; pickups from $4000 to $14600; 4WD from $4000 to $14600; small trucks from $4000 to $14600; medium trucks from $7600 to $27720; large trucks from $13600 to $49600; articulated trucks from $32,000 to $116,680 and boats from $110,000 to $401,040.
See the full response by the Government:
The Ministry of Public Infrastructure notes comments by the Berbice Bridge Company officials at a press conference today, Tuesday, July 10, and wishes to assure all Berbicians and users of the Berbice Bridge that government is not contemplating any increases to the Berbice Bridge toll.
Government stands by its decision to reduce tolls in fulfilling a campaign commitment and will continue to work with the Berbice Bridge Company in ensuring that the Bridge is sufficiently maintained and safe for vehicular and marine use.
Further government notes that the Bridge Agreement places obligations on all parties, which include scheduled maintenance and associated upgrades. Any request for toll increases must take into consideration a wide array of factors and cannot solely be on the basis of recouping operational costs and profits on dividend.
The Berbice Bridge provides a critical service to the public and tolls must remain reasonable and cannot be arbitrarily hiked to oppressive and onerous levels. Government will continue to take practical decisions in the interest of the people of Guyana and the provision of quality services.