‘Toll rebate is a good start’

Giving much-needed toll relief to heavy vehicle operators using Sydney’s over-priced toll roads is a step in the right direction, according to the National Road Transport Association (NatRoad).

The NSW Government’s toll rebate program will deliver toll relief for users of the M5 East and M8 motorways from January 1, 2024 as part of a $53.8 million trial which will continue for two years.

“This is exactly what was needed for trucks using the city’s busiest motorways,” said NatRoad chief executive officer Warren Clark.

“The good thing is that operators don’t have to do a thing. Provided you have a valid toll account, and operate a Class B vehicle, one-third of the cost of your toll will be automatically rebated to your account.”

NSW and interstate registered trucks will qualify, provided they have a valid E-Toll, Linkt or Eastlink account.

Toll rebates were one of several measures NatRoad called for in its submission to the NSW Tolls Inquiry.

“We want the Government to ask the tollway operator to go further and introduce more incentives such as time-based discounts but we’re grateful for what’s being delivered,” Clark said.

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