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Sydney outranks every other capital city for the cost of transport, with tolls making up a large part of the average family’s expenses.
The average annual cost of transport for a Sydney household has reached $22,237 according to the latest Transport Affordability Index.
The Index ranks tolls as the second highest expense only after car repayments (see table). That puts it above petrol, public transport fares and registration and licensing fees.
Sydneysiders spend $2,600 more a year than the second most expensive city for transport, Brisbane.
This is bad news for motorists as it doesn’t take into account the new toll on the M4 which will cost a regular commuter more than $2000 per year.
It also states that, “In Sydney the Index assumes that one family member uses the roads only two days per week to travel to central Sydney due to the high cost of the tolls”.
Despite this low use of toll roads, the cost still outweighs the cost of fuel – even before the M4 toll is implemented.
Source: Transport Affordability Index: March 2017
Quotes attributable to Shadow Roads Minister Jodi McKay
“Tolls are already one of the highest transport costs for Sydney households and Ms Berejiklian is going to make it worse by tolling a road that is currently free.
“This is further proof of how significant the added cost of the M4 toll will be for the family budget.
“At a time when the cost of living is really biting this Government will implement the unfair and unaffordable M4 toll – which will stay in place for 43 years.”
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