Truckies set to receive toll rebates in NSW

The NSW Government is set to proceed with toll rebates for heavy vehicles using the M5 East and M8 tunnels from next year.

Trucks will receive a rebate for a third of their trip travelled on the M5 East and M8, costing $54 million over a two-year trial.

Motorists will also receive toll relief, with $561 million allocated over two years to the toll cap.

These rebates were announced as part of the NSW Budget 2023-24, with both set to begin on January 1, 2024.

The NSW Government says $561 million toll cap will benefit an estimated 720,000 toll account owners, with motorists able to claim back spend above $60 a week via a quarterly refund from Service NSW.

With the lion’s sharing of toll relief funding going towards motorists rather than heavy vehicle operators, those in Sydney’s west are set to benefit most, with that area being hit hardest by toll fees.

According to Transport for NSW forecasts, a motorist in Silverwater will receive an average $475 back in 2024, while in Glendenning toll account owners will be able to claim an average of $540 cash back, $440 in Blacktown, $504 in Rosehill, $446 in Quakers Hill, $286 in Holsworthy and $199 in Gosford.

Kellyville and its surrounding suburbs are where most drivers by number will benefit, with 13,240 toll accounts to claim an average $399 a year each – or almost $5.3 million across the postcode in 2024.

The NSW Government is currently undertaking an independent review of toll roads, led by Professor Allan Fels AO and Dr David Cousins AM who are expected to provide recommendations on making the system safer, fairer and more efficient.

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