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TOLLMANIA PRICE HIKES WILL FLEECE DRIVERS IN SOUTH-WEST SYDNEY

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NEW ANALYSIS SHOWS TOLLMANIA PRICE HIKES WILL FLEECE DRIVERS IN SOUTH-WEST SYDNEY

NSW Labor is urging the Liberal Government to put the brakes on its tollmania agenda after new figures revealed the shocking amount drivers will be out of pocket over the next decade.

Economic analysis shows South-West Sydney will be hit the hardest by the Government’s planned 4 per cent annual price hike. The average household in Camden will end up paying on average $10,000 in tolls over the next ten years.

The top 10 percent of toll-paying households in both Liverpool and Fairfield will pay over $70,000 across the next 10 years. The annual toll bill for these households is expected to surge to $10,000 every year by 2033.

The NSW Labor Leader Jodi McKay slammed the Government’s tollmania agenda a nightmare for working families and unfair to South-West Sydney.  She raised the issue during Question Time at NSW Parliament, pressing the Minister for Western Sydney about the issue. Stuart Ayres refused to acknowledge the huge financial burden his own Government has imposed on his community.

The Member for Macquarie Fields Anoulack Chanthivong was then kicked out of Parliament after sharing one of the many tollmania horror stories to come out of his electorate with the NSW Parliament. Greg Paltar is a disability support worker in Mr Chanthivong’s electorate who has been forced to stop seeing a client in Bondi because of the rising cost of tolls.

Ms McKay said: “This Government has shown a complete disregard for the huge financial burden it has imposed on South-West Sydney. These figures are shocking. It is beyond belief households in Camden will be slugged as much $1000 a year in as little as five years. Labor will not give up fighting against this Government’s addiction to tolls.”

The Shadow Minister for Roads John Graham added: “Sydney has become one of the most tolled cities on earth. It is bad and is getting worse. Drivers will be thousands of dollars out of pocket and it’s not fair. Real wage growth is flat but tolls just keep going up – with no relief in sight.”

Mr Chanthivong said:

The new toll on the old M5 East is a tax on the people of South-West Sydney. There are thousands of stories like Greg’s in my electorate. He shouldn’t have to miss out on work and vulnerable people shouldn’t have to miss out on support because of this Government’s tolls. The Liberals joke about tollmania, not caring about the very real human impact this new toll has on people’s lives.”

NSW Labor is urging drivers to speak out against the Government’s ‘tollmania’ agenda which has made Sydney’s road toll network one of the most extensive and expensive in the world.

As part of Labor’s fight against ‘tollmania’, a new website has been launched for drivers to share their toll horror stories.

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