(1) Is there a review underway into the rising pressure facing drivers due to the cost of tolls?
(a) If so, what are the terms of reference for such a review?
(2) What options are being considered to ease the pressures on drivers from the cost of tolls?
(3) Is the Government considering scrapping the toll on the M5 East?
I am advised:
The Government is always looking for ways to alleviate cost of living pressures on the community.
Initiatives of the Government include the Toll Relief scheme introduced in 2018 for owners of privately-registered vehicles who are frequent toll road users. Since its introduction in 2018, more than 460,000 customers have benefitted from Toll Relief, with about $164 million in support provided.
There are no current plans to remove the toll on the M5 East, which was applied in conjunction with the delivery of the M8. The M8 was needed to alleviate the significant congestion on the M5 East, after it was built by the former Labor Government with insufficient capacity.