NSW government announce toll relief for drivers
More Sydney drivers will be spared the full brunt from the oppressive cost of tolls, with the NSW Government announcing their “toll relief” program will go even further.
Premier Gladys Berejiklian announced that the rego rebate will be extended to offer half price car registration if drivers spend at least $650 or $15 a week in tolls.
The current program has been well received with drivers getting free registration if they spend $1300 a year in tolls.
The saving is roughly $500 a year.
“We are doing everything we can to ease those burdens.” Premier Berejiklian said.
One criticism of the scheme is not enough people have been eligible for free rego.
Extending the scheme effectively casts the net wider to help more people, making up to 300,000 drivers eligible for a discount.
Data obtained by the NSW Opposition shows 550,000 drivers had paid tolls on the M4 from suburbs but only 27,694 had claimed the free rego.
In Penrith 4000 people paid the M4 toll with only 280 claiming relief.
Labor are taking a policy of cashback for drivers on the M4, which they claim benefits many more people.
The Premier insists the toll relief program doesn’t discriminate depending on where you live.
9NEWS understands Service NSW is also looking at sending “push notifications” to people’s mobile phones to alert them if they are close to the toll relief thresholds.
Sydney drivers will soon be slugged tolls on the M5 East and new M5 tunnel, the new M4 East Tunnel underneath Parramatta Road, and the M4-M5 Link.
There’s tolls planned too on the Northern Beaches Tunnel, F6 extension and Western Harbour Tunnel.