Sonia Hornery MP has just launched a petition to have the Sydney motorway tolls for caravans reclassified back to Class A.
Most would have seen our story and be aware that last year Transurban, a private toll operator, changed the classification of cars towing caravans, trailers, and boats to Class B. This included an increase in price for those travelling the M2 and M7 motorways in Sydney from $15 to over $47, each way. When the new North Connex motorway (a tunnel currently under construction from the end of the M1 through to the M2, bypassing Pennant Hills Road in the north of Sydney) is completed, this will also add another $21.05 to the cost of travelling through Sydney, to a whopping $68. Bear in mind, that this is not just for those living in Sydney, but anyone who wishes to use the motorways with tolls with a caravan in tow. Whether they plan on travelling through, from Victoria to Queensland or vice-versa. A petition for reclassification of the motorway tolls has now been launched.
Sonia Hornery MP, the local member for Wallsend (Newcastle) has since moved a Notice of Motion in the New South Wales parliament calling on the current NSW Roads Minister, Andrew Constance MP, to have the vehicles that are towing a caravan on the roads that include tolls, reclassified back to Class A. Further to the Notice of Motion, there is also a petition that has been organised, to reduce tolls that travellers are required to pay.
In a statement, Ms Hornery said, “Given the crises that the NSW economy has suffered in the last six months, bushfires, drought and COVID-19, the simple stroke of the minister’s pen could resolve this issue and get thousands of holidaymakers back on the roads heading south to visit local rural and regional communities who are doing it tough,” she said. “The minister needs to end this farce, introduce new regulations for the classification of vehicles and get our holidaymakers back on the road to support local economies.”
If you would like to get hold of the petition, and print one out, head over to here. Alternatively, Sonia Hornery MP, has further stated that you can get in touch with her office, and they will post a copy of the petition relating to the reduction in caravan tolls, out to you. You’ll find her office contact details here.