Baird Government tolls stretches of the M4 for the first time ever
April 30, 2016
Stretches of the M4 Motorway will be tolled for the first time ever under the Baird Government’s new tolling structure.
The Westconnex website and Strategic Business Case have shown that motorists will be charged a flag fall fee of $1.12 and $0.42 per kilometer for using stretches of the M4 that have been toll free since the road was built.
Calculations modelled on the Government’s Westconnex Strategic Business Case by the Opposition show motorists travelling on the M4 from Auburn to Olympic Park will be charged $2.48 each way for a small three kilometre journey.
A weekly return trip will rip almost $25 per week or $1,289.60 per year from motorist’s hip pockets for a journey that has always been free.
Truck drivers will be even worse off once the tolls are introduced under a structure that charges them three times higher than cars.
For a truck to take the same Auburn to Olympic Park return journey will cost almost $75 per week or $3,868 per year.
Truck drivers and logistics companies will be forced to investigate rat run routes and other options to lessen the impact of the new tolls on their bottom line.
Quotes attributable to Shadow Minister for Roads, Maritime and Freight Jodi McKay
“Business owners and commuters are going to be slugged with brand new tolls for trips that they have always been able to take free of charge.
“The Baird Government has found another way to make life even harder for Sydney’s commuters, slugging motorists with tolls that will add more pressure on their budgets.
“This is another unnecessary expense that motorists and businesses can do without.”