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Rego rebate a drop in the ocean for inequity Featured

Cars travelling towards the Sydney CBD. Cars travelling towards the Sydney CBD.

Media release, 11 July 2018

Western Sydney Regional Organisation of Councils is greatly disappointed that the NSW Government continues to ignore the growing burden of transport costs to the workers and families of Western Sydney.  

WSROC President Cr Stephen Bali said “This week the Government celebrated the fact that $1.4 million in free rego has been returned to motorists in the first week of July.

“In the very same week Sydney motorists paid as much as $18 million in tolls[1],” he said.

“A $423[2] rego cashback is small comfort when the cost of travel has just increased by almost $2000[3] per year due to the M4 toll, a gap of over $1400 per annum that has to come out of the family budget” said Cr Bali.

“This is a poor attempt to reduce the impact of new toll roads on family budgets, and in no way addresses the underlying inequities across our city’s road network.

“The fact remains that residents in North West Sydney travelling on the M7/M2 ($34.88[4]) are paying four to five times more for a return journey to the city, than residents in the South West ($7.39[5]). While M4 users are dealing with a new $7.29 per day toll,” he said.

“Last year’s Parliamentary Inquiry into Sydney’s toll network recommended that the NSW Government consider a number of equity measures including a journey cap, limiting toll increases to CPI and increasing transparency of how toll pricing is set.

“The Government has ignored these recommendations,” said Cr Bali.

“Many families in Western Sydney do not have any choice but to drive due to non-existent or unreliable public transport services.

“At the same time, the Government is failing to deliver the necessary commuter car parks to improve the feasibility of public transport travel for those who do live within a reasonable distance of train or bus services.

“A recent inquiry into commuter car parking in NSW did not offer any recommendations for increasing the supply of commuter car parks even within developing areas where there is room to do so,” he said.

“The NSW Government is in a financial position to do far more than offer a small rego rebate, the NSW surplus over the next four years should not come at the expense of Western Sydney,” he said.   

 

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Media contact: Kelly-Anne Gee, 02 9671 4333 (ext. 118), 0425 871 868 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  

 

[1] Based on Transurban’s reported $476 million toll revenue for Sydney in the six months ending 31 December 2017. Available from: https://www.transurban.com/content/dam/investor-centre/03/HY18-Appendix4D.pdf

[2] Average rego rebate paid per motorist according to the NSW Government.

[3] $7.29 per day for a return journey on the M4 paid over 150 working days in 2018.

[4] Based on a trip starting at Richmond Road (North West Growth Centre) and finishing at Bridge Street, Sydney.

[5] After the M5 Cashback of $9.40 is applied.

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