No relief for truckies as other toll-users score free rego

By: Cobey Bartels

The NSW Government has announced motorists regularly using Sydney’s toll roads will score free vehicle registration, but truck drivers aren’t so lucky.

No relief for truckies as other toll-users score free rego
Sydney toll users win big...truckies not so much.


Premier Gladys Berejiklian announced motorists who spend $25 or more on average each week on tolls will soon be eligible for the registration rebate.

 "The majority of eligible motorists will save $358 a year on registration costs, with potential savings of up to $715 a year," Ms Berejiklian said.

"The Government’s strong budget position allows us to give back to toll users."

The registration rebate will be available for all standard privately registered cars, utes, 4 wheel-drives and motorcycles from 1 July 2018, but does not apply to vehicles weighing more than 2795kg.

Minister for Western Sydney and WestConnex Stuart Ayres assures us the scheme will be backdated, so eligible motorists will enjoy free vehicle registration if they have spend more than $25 a week from 1 July this year.

"We want NSW road users to start enjoying the savings as soon as possible, so when the scheme kicks in we will include historic toll payments," Mr Ayres said.

"This delivers a fair go for drivers who are paying their way on the toll road network which allows them to spend less time in their cars and more time at home."

NSW Opposition leader Luke Foley told reporters he’s spoken to Sydney truck drivers who spend hundreds each week on tolls but getting nothing out of this scheme.

"I’m particularly concerned about owner-drivers, we’re talking about people who often spend their life savings and more to invest in a truck, and they are to get no relief," Foley is reported as saying.

Memcorp Lawyers solicitor, James Dahdah, represents truck drivers with toll-related issues, and highlights that trucks account for a large portion of tolling revenue.

"Trucks make up a majority of road tax revenue for the state, on average some 40 times more than private cars," Dahdah said. 

Owner//Driver has contacted Foley’s office for further comment.

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