NSW parliamentary committee supports toll relief

NatRoad says dominant toll operator Transurban could easily introduce a practical solution for freight operators

NSW parliamentary committee supports toll relief
The Parliamentary Committee supports toll relief for freight transport workers.

The National Road Transport Association (NatRoad) has praised a New South Wales Parliamentary Committee report that recommends immediate toll relief for road freight operators.

The recommendation is one of a number recently made by the NSW Legislative Council Transport Committee following its inquiry into road tolling regimes.

NatRoad CEO Warren Clark said he was delighted that the committee had echoed the association’s call for extending current toll relief schemes to the road freight industry to encourage trucks off suburban streets.

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"This is a practical solution to a so far intractable problem and it is one that the dominant toll road operator in NSW, Transurban, could easily introduce," Clark says.  

"Tolls are a huge impost on heavy vehicle operators in major Australian cities and especially in Sydney where they are excessive.

"NatRoad continues to engage with the NSW Government about its consideration of other changes to the tolling system."

Clark says the report does not go as far as recommending establishment of an independent tolling authority with the powers NatRoad thinks it needs. 

"Setting up a Tolling Ombudsman to adjudicate on complaints is at least a step in the right direction," he says.

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