By RICARDO WELLS
Tribune Staff Reporter
THE decision by the Bridge Authority to delay the introduction of Value Added Tax on toll fees at the Sidney Poitier Bridge to Paradise Island was today endorsed by Free National Movement Deputy Leader K Peter Turnquest.
Mr Turnquest welcomed the decision, insisting the idea to “further tax the working class made no sense”.
A notice in The Tribune today from Bridge Authority management advised Paradise Island employers and employees, residents, transport companies and the public that VAT on tolls has been postponed “until further notice”.
The Bridge Authority announced last week that it would increase toll rates by 7.5 per cent as of midnight on July 13. The toll for single axle vehicles would have seen an increase from $1 to $1.08; $2 becomes $2.15 for double axles; and $3 becomes $3.23 for triple axle vehicles.
On Sunday, Mr Turnquest labelled the move as a “burden on the working class”, insisting the people who would have been affected the most were primarily the “workers going over to Paradise Island to work”.
Labour Minister Shane Gibson, whose department has responsibility for the Bridge Authority, referred all commentary on the matter to Bridge Authority Director, Melissa Hall. She could not be reached for comment.