NSW tolls and caravans

Submitted: Wednesday, Sep 09, 2015 at 21:19
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Am I correct in assuming that if I tow a full height dual axle caravan on a toll road in NSW, I will be charged as Class 2 (truck)???????????

I tow my dual axle van on QLD toll roads and only ever pay for the tow vehicle. There is no charge for towing in QLD

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Reply By: Member - Keith P (NSW) - Wednesday, Sep 09, 2015 at 21:26

Wednesday, Sep 09, 2015 at 21:26
YEP !!! you assume correctly.
On the M7 and then the M2 in bleep ney...on a trip to Port stephens ...the automatic toll reader picks up my rig as a semi trailer ...!!!???.GQ Nissan Patrol and Jayco 17 foot Discovery POPTOP outback...12.5 metres all up..Toll $7.00 one way.
I just cop it as it beats heaps of turn-offs...and dozens of sets of lights using the alternative...some of them uphill on take off.
Welcome to the rip-off state Alan.

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Follow Up By: garrycol - Wednesday, Sep 09, 2015 at 22:16

Wednesday, Sep 09, 2015 at 22:16
If you are being only charged $7 (actually $7.66) - that is the car price.

The Truck price is $12.79
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Follow Up By: Gronk - Wednesday, Sep 09, 2015 at 23:10

Wednesday, Sep 09, 2015 at 23:10
If you say travel from the sth coast, along the M7 ( $7.66 ) then onto the M2 as far as Pennant Hills rd, ( $3.25 ), then the combined fee is $10.91.

But it saves you approx 3/4 hr in travel time and approx 1,000 sets of traffic lights !!
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Follow Up By: Gronk - Wednesday, Sep 09, 2015 at 23:17

Wednesday, Sep 09, 2015 at 23:17
Class A is a vehicle less than 12.5M in length and less than 2.8 M high !!

But if your 4wd and van is a bit longer than this, I don't know how they would measure it ??
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Follow Up By: Member - Keith P (NSW) - Wednesday, Sep 09, 2015 at 23:27

Wednesday, Sep 09, 2015 at 23:27
HMM OK..looks like I,m a bit out here then ...but haven't travelled on those roads for about 14 months...so maybe a price rise???
Either that ...or I am being charged correctly ....and still reckon it a rip-off.

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Reply By: K&FT - Wednesday, Sep 09, 2015 at 21:59

Wednesday, Sep 09, 2015 at 21:59
I have an Etag on my tow vehicle and have used the sydney and Qld toll roads with my 22' van in tow. I have never been charged for any more than my tow vehicle.

I did register my caravan as a car(because there is no category for a caravan or trailer) on the Etag site along with my tow vehicle though.

if you doubt this then check the RMS website.

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Follow Up By: Member - Keith P (NSW) - Thursday, Sep 10, 2015 at 00:05

Thursday, Sep 10, 2015 at 00:05
Checked website and I just stuffed up ..my bad hey.I guess I think it is still expensive ...as I thort it was a lot cheaper than that. However ....I guess it does cut down on wear and tear of the driveline and brakes from the stop-start of all those lights on the other roads across that part of the city..plus..I don't really need a street directory on the motorways...just follow the signs.
Apologies for stating the things wrong folks.

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Reply By: Erad - Thursday, Sep 10, 2015 at 08:29

Thursday, Sep 10, 2015 at 08:29
As far as I know, the M2 and M7 charges are the same (damned expensive) for a car and for a car/caravan rig. The M5 used to charge, and probably still does charge truck rates for trailers with dual axles or vehicles over 2 m high, so if you had roof racks on your 4by, you got hit with the truck rates. Single axle box trailers are charged at car rates. And if you try to drive on the M5 at peak hours, it is a parking lot, so it is a wonder they don't charge you for parking as well!

Whatever, the tolls around Sydney are ridiculously high. Hell - we pay road taxes, fuel excises and GST on the lot, and then we still have to pay to drive on roads which if not fully funded by the state, are at least subsidised by the state (us)! It is easy to see why I live in the country. Rant over - go back to sleep...
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Follow Up By: Michael 1954 - Friday, Sep 11, 2015 at 19:13

Friday, Sep 11, 2015 at 19:13
There is a toll price increase every 3 months on the M7.never been charged for my 17ft P/T van whilst using the M7,have only ever used the M7 twice.
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Reply By: Member - Ross N (NSW) - Thursday, Sep 10, 2015 at 08:55

Thursday, Sep 10, 2015 at 08:55
Some years ago when tolls could be paid in cash the M5 wanted to charge me truck rates
because of my aerial . I protested at the toll booth so they got out the measuring stick & I was ultimately allowed through at car rates.
The cars behind were not impressed with the delay but I proved my point.
Doesn"t happen now with auto tolls.
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Reply By: HKB Electronics - Thursday, Sep 10, 2015 at 15:42

Thursday, Sep 10, 2015 at 15:42
I thought city link in Melbourne charge like a wounded bull but at least they don't charge for caravans!

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Reply By: TomH - Thursday, Sep 10, 2015 at 16:06

Thursday, Sep 10, 2015 at 16:06
If you look at the rules on all Toll roads caravans are not charged for unless perhaps being towed by a truck.

A normal rig only pays for the Tug
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Reply By: Nomadic Navara - Thursday, Sep 10, 2015 at 16:33

Thursday, Sep 10, 2015 at 16:33
Use this map to calculate Sydney tolls. Just zoom in to find a start point, click on it and click on start point. Pull the map around with your cursor and select the exit point, click on it and select exit
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Reply By: Member - 8111COLIN - Sunday, Sep 13, 2015 at 20:14

Sunday, Sep 13, 2015 at 20:14
Hi Alan , don't want to sound too blunt however if you are travelling through with a caravan on the back and are charged for it once on the way to somewhere else and are not coming back , why does it matter weather they charge you for the caravan or not ? $ 3.00 , $10.00 whatever , you can't do anything about it anyway so just call it part of travelling interstate .




















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