NRMA welcomes cost of transport relief for families

By Peter Khoury on 20 November 2017
NSW tunnel

We welcome the NSW Government’s announcement of free registration for motorists who spend more than $25 a week on tolls.

The announcement comes one week after the NRMA highlighted that 17 per cent of the average household budget is spent on transport costs.

The rego rebate will be available for all standard privately registered cars, utes, 4 wheel-drives and motorcycles from July 1, 2018. 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.

table showing eligible savings

NRMA Chairman Kyle Loades said the Government’s announcement would deliver savings of around $358 for most motorists or potential savings of up to $715 a year, providing much needed relief to families struggling with cost of living pressures.

“The Government’s announcement today, coupled with CTP reforms and the adoption of NRMA’s real-time data reforms for fuel could see families in Sydney saving over $1,050 a year on their transport costs,” Mr Loades said.

“Today’s announcement will deliver relief to motorists who spend over $1,300 a year on tolls and the NRMA supports these steps.

“The NRMA supports Sydney’s motorway network as a vital way of reducing congestion and we believe tolls, while essential, need to be fair and equitable.

“Families in west and north-west Sydney will welcome today’s announcement.”

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

Motorists 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.