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Capped road tolls and upgrades a priority for Minns government

Road Freight NSW (RFNSW) has welcomed the recently elected Minns government’s ministerial appointments and is buoyed by their quick delivery of key election demands.

The Labor government, headed by Chris Minns, announced a $1.1 billion package of road upgrades over the next three years, capped tolls for two years from 1 January 2024 and pledged $20 million in funding for truck rest stops around Sydney.

RFNSW had been advocating for major transport and road sector changes throughout the campaign said CEO, Simon O’Hara.

“We made it clear that our election priorities were aimed at supporting our hard-working truckies, as well as the wider community using the state’s roads each and every day.”

The new Government’s pledge to cap tolls will cut the truck toll by $8, saving a driver who does two trips a day, an average of $3,800 a year.

A review of the toll network, and the possible scrapping of an estimated $50 million in administration charges, should also result in some financial relief for truck drivers and, in turn, incentivise them back to toll roads, O’Hara said.

Jo Haylen has been appointed Labor’s new Minister for Transport and John Graham appointed Minister for Roads.

In other news, a bridge replacement near Mossman in Far North Queensland has finished just in time for the 2023 sugarcane crush season – a welcome boost for heavy vehicle operators.

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