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NatRoad calls for immediate tolls action with new NSW government

NatRoad CEO Warren Clark has welcomed the new NSW government and laid out what they want to see in the short term for the transport industry

The National Road Transport Association (NatRoad) says it looks forward to working with the new Minns government in New South Wales – especially on the vexed question of tolls.

NatRoad CEO Warren Clark says his NSW members regard tolls on the state’s privately-operated motorways as a major drag on their viability.

“The Minns Opposition promised to cut tolls for heavy vehicles on the M5 East and M8 and we look forward to those commitments being delivered once it is sworn in,” Clark says.

“The pledge that heavy vehicle drivers will pay a third less in tolls for two years is welcome news.

“So is the appointment of former Australian Competition and Consumer Commission chairman Allan Fels as Tolls Commissioner.”

NatRoad suggested creation of such a position in evidence to a NSW Parliamentary committee in 2021.

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“NatRoad sees this as the first step in untying the messy knot that is Transurban’s monopoly on the state’s tollways,” Clark says.

Clark urged the incoming government to consider NatRoad’s other suggestion of rebates or off-peak incentives to encourage trucks to use tollways.

“Expansion of the state’s heavy vehicle rest stops network and enhancing spending on road repair and resilience are other items at the top of the list for discussion with the incoming government,” Clark says.

“We did have a good relationship with outgoing Regional Roads Minister Sam Farraway and wish him well.”

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