No truck re­lief in New South Wales rego move

Australian Transport News - - News | Inside The Industry -

The New South Wales gov­ern­ment has an­nounced mo­torists reg­u­larly us­ing Syd­ney’s toll roads will score free ve­hi­cle reg­is­tra­tion, but trucks aren’t go­ing to be so lucky.

Premier Gla­dys Bere­jik­lian an­nounced mo­torists who spend $25 or more on av­er­age each week on tolls will soon be el­i­gi­ble for a reg­is­tra­tion re­bate. The reg­is­tra­tion re­bate will be avail­able for all stan­dard pri­vately reg­is­tered cars, utes, four-wheel drives and mo­tor­cy­cles from July 1, but does not ap­ply to ve­hi­cles weigh­ing more than 2795kg.

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

NSW op­po­si­tion leader Luke Fo­ley told re­porters he has spo­ken to Syd­ney truck driv­ers who ad­mit­ted spend­ing hun­dreds of dol­lars each week on tolls but get­ting no ben­e­fit out of this scheme.

“I’m par­tic­u­larly con­cerned about owner- driv­ers, we’re talk­ing about peo­ple who of­ten spend their life sav­ings and more to in­vest in a truck, and they are to get no re­lief,” Fo­ley is re­ported as say­ing.

ATN has con­tacted Fo­ley’s of­fice for fur­ther com­ment.

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