When I operated my hire car business full-time, my toll bill was about 12% of total sales. This was a massive impost on a small business. I have always been consistent; I’m not a fan of privatization.
CityLink was a game-changer for how we move around Melbourne, but the project should have been built in government hands. In this article by @stephenmayne he points out how this has become a mortgage around families and businesses.
This project at the time cost approximately 1.7 billion dollars to complete. We now have to pay these outrageous tolls until 2045! I’ve always been concerned about how Transurban was able to negotiate terms that best suited them.
Liberal and Labor governments are both responsible for this. When in parliament, we attempted to address the unfairness of how Transurban charges the best-selling vehicles in Australia: the Toyota HiLux, Ford Ranger, and Nissan Navara.
These vehicles are tradie workhorses and family weekend adventurers. Transurban charges these vehicles as commercial vehicles, outrageously adding to the cost of living for struggling families.
Both Labor and Liberals combined to vote down my move to apply fairness.
Just think a 250k Range Rover pays less than a Toyota Hilux!