On the anniversary of the reintroduction of the unfair M4 toll, the Berejiklian Government has restated its opposition to Labor’s plan to bring back the M4 Cashback.
Treasurer Dominic Perrottet delivered a speech in which he railed against the M4 Cashback and called for western Sydney families to foot the bill instead.
The speech comes just one day after the Liberals voted against a motion to extend Cashback to the M4.
Today marks one year since Premier Berejiklian reintroduced the unfair M4 toll on a road that was already paid off, costing western Sydney motorists up to $2,000 a year in tolls.
Approximately 50 million tolls have been issued in the first year of the new M4 toll, raising about $235 million in revenue.
Analysis of the toll revenue reveals that the minor M4 widening works will be paid off by the end of next year but motorists will be slugged a toll for 43 years.
Labor has pledged to return the M4 Cashback scheme to refund tolls to western Sydney motorists.
Yesterday it was revealed that the Berejiklian Government spent $5 million on contracts with a research agency to establish that people do not like paying tolls – a conclusion they could have reached by speaking to the residents of western Sydney who are being slugged for the road they already paid off.
Freedom of Information documents obtained by the NSW Labor Opposition show drivers want greater toll transparency yet the RMS and Roads Minister consider it a ‘low priority’.
Quotes attributable to NSW Opposition Leader Luke Foley
“Western Sydney motorists will be paying the unfair toll for decades – not to pay off the M4, but to pay off Premier Berejiklian’s Northern Beaches tunnel.
“People living in western Sydney don’t deserve to be slugged for a road that was already paid for. That is why Labor will bring back the M4 Cashback.”
Quotes attributable to Shadow Minister for Roads Jodi McKay
“This week is an unhappy anniversary for motorists in Sydney’s West – and they’ll be paying that unfair toll on the M4 until 2060.
“You don’t need to commission $5 million worth of research to find out that people don’t like tolls, just ask anyone living in western Sydney who has to pay $2,000 in tolls for a road which used to be free.”