Elliott Calls On Labor To Scrap Its Plan For A Congestion Tax

Member for Baulkham Hills David Elliott today called on the NSW Opposition to rule out imposing a congestion tax on Sydney motorists.

 “A secret ALP document leaked to the NSW Liberals & and Nationals Government reveals Labor is planning to slug motorists in Baulkham Hills,” Mr Elliott said.

 The report NSW Labor Policy Forum: Jobs and the Economy Policy Commission proposes to ‘replace vehicle taxes with a Sydney congestion charge.’

 “Labor’s plan would result in a massive increase in the cost of tolls for residents in Baulkham Hills,” Mr Elliott said.

 “Labor has form introducing congestion taxes. It introduced time of day tolling on the Sydney Harbour Bridge and Tunnel.

 “Labor has done it once and it wants to do it again – it cannot be trusted.

 “Labor must explain to the motorists of Baulkham Hills exactly why it is planning to slug them more just for driving on our roads.”

 Vehicle taxes are expected to raise $2.4 billion in 2015-16.

 To make that money, without rego fees means tolls would have to increase massively, which would mean: 

  • The toll on the Harbour Bridge and Tunnel would go from $4 to $15.50
  • The toll on the M7 would go from $7.46 to $28.90
  • The toll on the M2 would go from $6.11 to $23.70
  • The toll on the Lane Cove Tunnel would go from $3.06 to $11.90
  • The toll on the Cross City Tunnel would go from $5 to $19.40

 “Opposition Leader John Robertson cannot walk away from this secret document – he is the Co-Chair of the NSW Labor Policy Forum,” Mr Elliott said.

 “Shadow Treasurer Michael Daley has an even deeper involvement in this policy blueprint as he is Co-Chair of the Jobs and the Economy Policy Commission.

 “It’s no wonder up until now the Leader of the Opposition has been a policy-free zone, when people see these policies it will scare the living daylights of them.”