Australia’s last cash toll booths on the M5 South West Motorway in Sydney rolled down the shutters for the last time on Sunday night.
This means every tollway in Australia is now cashless, with electronic tags and number plate recognition being the main methods of payment. Never again will a driver need to fumble around for change when approaching a toll plaza in Australia.
Interlink Roads General Manager Rex Wright was present to pay the last ever cash toll on Sunday night to mark the occasion.
“This is indeed a historic day, as it marks the end of a 203 year era of collecting cash for tolls in Australia,” Mr Wright said.
“Cashless tolling improves road safety, as there will be less lane changing to merge into a cash lane, and provides a simpler, easier and more efficient journey along the motorway, with no queuing to pay the toll at the toll booths.”
The 125,000 motorists who use the M5 every day are urged to organise an electronic E-Tag or an E-Pass if they haven’t done so already.
Toll lanes on the motorway have already been blocked in an attempt to funnel traffic into the tag lanes, although M5 staff are expecting some teething problems in the next few weeks.
It is expected that the toll booths will be removed by September.
In doing so, it is hoped that the M5 will experience better traffic flow as more lanes can be opened up for electronic tags, improved safety along with reduced noise pollution for people living near the toll plaza.
Elsewhere Around Australia
July 1 marked a few changes in other states around Australia as well. Some of these changes include:
- - Vehicle registration labels are no longer required in the Northern Territory.
- - Queensland has reduced the tolerance on its speed cameras.
- - Vehicle registration labels are no longer in the Australian Capital Territory either, and the ACT’s new Compulsory Third Party Insurance scheme has begun. Stay tuned to TMR for more CTP news soon.