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THE peak body representing councils in Greater Western Sydney, the Western Sydney Regional Organisation of Councils (WSROC), has welcomed the findings of the independent review of motorway toll pricing across Sydney.
Led by Professor Allan Fels (former chair of the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission) and Dr David Cousins, the review was set up by the NSW Government in 2023 to examine the basis for setting motorway tolls in Sydney.
The review has concluded that toll reform is preferable to toll relief schemes, which the report says are “expensive and more likely to be claimed by drivers from middle and high-income households”.
Other recommendations of the review include:
•                     Using legislation to allow the government to take back control of tolls,
•                     Giving the independent pricing regulator “significant oversight” in setting the price of tolls,
•                     Charging motorists less the longer they drive on toll roads, and
•                     Two-way tolling on the Sydney Harbour Bridge, Harbour Tunnel and Eastern Distributor.
“WSROC has been advocating for a review of road tolls over many years, urging the government to make toll roads simpler and fairer,” said WSROC President, Councillor Barry Calvert.
“The people of Western Sydney are more greatly impacted by tolling issues than other parts of Sydney, due to their greater dependence on private vehicles resulting from Western Sydney’s lack of equivalent public transport coverage and capacity.
“Also, on average, Western Sydney residents travel further to access jobs, services, and recreation. As a result, tolls represent the second largest cost for most households in Western Sydney.
“In effect, road tolls and the fuel excise constitute a regressive tax, which greatly and disproportionately burden working families in Western Sydney, already contending with soaring energy costs, rents, and food price inflation.”


Michael Walls
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