The NSW Opposition is calling for the State Government to come clean with Western Sydney motorists and abandon its plan altogether to re-introduce a toll on the M4 motorway.
It follows news that it is contemplating delaying it until after the 2019 election.
It was revealed last night that in an attempt to pull the wool over the eyes of Western Sydney motorists, Premier Gladys Berejiklian is contemplating cynically delaying the toll for another two years – hoping to soften the blow until after the 2019 State election.
Western Sydney motorists will be hit hardest when the NSW Government re-introduces a toll on the motorway in 2019.
The toll will be capped at $4.21 which means a regular commuter to the CBD will be slugged up to $2,189 per year.
Labor abolished the previous toll on the M4 in 2010. The new toll is an outrageous 53 per cent increase on the toll Labor abolished.
NSW Labor has a Tolling Transparency policy, which calls for:
IPART to approve all future tolling contracts as being in the public interest;
Tolls not to rise above CPI;
The Auditor-General to review all pre-existing road toll contracts; and
Toll free periods on all new toll roads.
Currently, NSW Labor is circulating a petition calling for the re-introduced M4 toll to be scrapped.
Quotes attributable to Shadow Minister for Roads Jodi McKay
“In a blatant attempt, the Government is trying to pull wool over the eyes of Western Sydney but locals know this toll is still on its way.
“Western Sydney motorists are sick of being gouged and who can afford an extra $45 a week to get to and from work? Certainly not the tens of thousands of motorists who use it every day.
“The State Government needs to can this toll altogether. Motorists should not be forced to pay tolls on a road that they have already paid for.”