Monday, 20 November 2017 14:44

Rego cashback a start says WSROC

Traffic during peak hour in Western Sydney. Traffic during peak hour in Western Sydney.

Media release, 20 November, 2017

Waiving registration fees will come as welcome news to many motorists, but it does not address the underlying inequity in our transport system says the Western Sydney Regional Organisation of Councils (WSROC).

WSROC President Cr Stephen Bali said “This announcement acknowledges the very real pressure of tolls on the community. It also demonstrates the pressure on the NSW Government as motorists continue to boycott the M4.

“While this rebate will offer some measure of relief to Western Sydney households, it does not address the underlying problems in Sydney’s road network,” he said.

“To make a real impact on the fairness of Sydney’s toll roads, the Government must follow the recommendations put forward in its own Parliamentary Inquiry into toll roads.

“These recommendations called for greater transparency in the setting of tolls; investigating a network cap; independent assessment of new infrastructure contracts; and limiting toll increases to CPI.

“These recommendations are fair, reasonable and necessary for building a more equitable toll network," said Cr Bali.

“WSROC’s primary goal has been to ensure that Western Sydney residents aren’t unfairly disadvantaged due to lack of viable public transport options, and are forced to travel by an inadequate local jobs market.

“We also want to ensure that toll charges across our region are comparable – which currently they are not,” said Cr Bali.

Following a formal Parliamentary Inquiry, the NSW Government released its report into road tolling on 20th October, 2017.

Recommendations from the report include:

  • That the NSW Government investigate the costs and benefits of a capped toll across all of Sydney’s road network, and publish this information so that the community can have an informed debate.
  • That the consumer price index be considered as the default position of the road toll escalation rate.
  • That the NSW Government establish an independent entity to assess whether proposed tolling agreements are in the public interest.
  • That the NSW Government publish a contract summary of the WestConnex – M4 Widening Project Deeds on the WestConnex website.
  • That the NSW Government publish the expected internal rate of return for future individual privately operated tolled roads, at suitable intervals.
  • That the Sydney Motorway Corporation and any future infrastructure delivery entity is subject to the same level of transparency and accountability as other public sector agencies.
  • That the NSW Government publish evidence supporting its decision to toll heavy vehicles three times that of light vehicles.
  • That future tolling agreements enhance the ability of future governments to manage the wider road network

WSROC first called for an inquiry into road tolls in late 2015, the Parliamentary Inquiry was referred in December 2016.

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