Toll road users will soon be el­i­gi­ble for free car regis­tra­tion as part of the NSW Gov­ern­ment’s com­mit­ment to tackle cost of liv­ing pres­sures

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Toll road users will soon be el­i­gi­ble for free car regis­tra­tion as part of the NSW Gov­ern­ment’s com­mit­ment to tackle cost of liv­ing pres­sures.

Premier Gla­dys Bere­jik­lian an­nounced driv­ers will be el­i­gi­ble for free ve­hi­cle regis­tra­tion if they spend more than $ 25 a week, on av­er­age, over a 12-month pe­riod on tolls.

“The ma­jor­ity of el­i­gi­ble mo­torists will save $ 358 a year on regis­tra­tion costs, with po­ten­tial sav­ings of up to $ 715 a year,” Bere­jik­lian says.

“The Gov­ern­ment’s strong bud­get po­si­tion al­lows us to give back to toll users.

“The NSW Gov­ern­ment has made it a pri­or­ity to drive down the cost of own­ing a ve­hi­cle with big sav­ings be­ing de­liv­ered through re­forms to CTP Greenslips and the in­tro­duc­tion of a FuelCheck app.”

The rego re­bate will be avail­able for all stan­dard pri­vately reg­is­tered cars, utes, four-wheel drives and mo­tor­cy­cles from July 1, 2018.

Min­is­ter for West­ern Syd­ney and WestCon­nex Stu­art Ayres says the scheme will be back­dated so el­i­gi­ble mo­torists will en­joy free ve­hi­cle regis­tra­tion if they spend more than $25 a week from July 1, 2017.

“We want NSW road users to start en­joy­ing the sav­ings as soon as pos­si­ble, so when the scheme kicks in we will in­clude his­toric toll pay­ments,” Ayres says.

“This de­liv­ers a fair go for driv­ers who are pay­ing their way on the toll road net­work, which al­lows them to spend less time in their cars and more time at home.”

The scheme will ap­ply to pri­vate driv­ers who use any ex­ist­ing toll roads and will ap­ply to any new toll roads in the fu­ture.

Driv­ers who use the M5 will con­tinue to have ac­cess to the Cash­back scheme.

Pri­vate mo­tor ve­hi­cles weigh­ing more than 2795kg, such as trucks, are not in­cluded in the scheme.

The move is un­likely to im­press peo­ple in the bus in­dus­try who are try­ing to en­cour­age fewer peo­ple to drive and more to use pub­lic trans­port – more on that in the next edi­tion of ABC.

“We want NSW road users to start en­joy­ing the sav­ings as soon as pos­si­ble”

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