North Connex Caravan Charges

Submitted: Saturday, Dec 05, 2020 at 09:16
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Hi all,
Last year there were complaints about caravans being charged the truck rate in tunnels and/or the motorways.
I remember that a deal was struck (perhaps by the NRMA) whereby the toll was reduced.

I have just been through this latest tunnel and while it is a huge improvement; the toll is the same as the trucks - for caravans.

Is my recall correct?

How will I bring this anomaly to someone's attention?

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Reply By: Member - DOZER - Saturday, Dec 05, 2020 at 09:30

Saturday, Dec 05, 2020 at 09:30
Bill, not paying the toll will get someones attention....then tell them you were a car with trailer....but before this, just check the conditions of entry, its more to do with length and or height of combined vehicle and trailer that deems which toll you pay. I used the tunnel last week, quite impressive to travel through Sydney without stopping once....but $22 in tolls per time, you wouldnt be wanting to do that every day.
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Reply By: Athol W1 - Saturday, Dec 05, 2020 at 09:34

Saturday, Dec 05, 2020 at 09:34
Bbuz
Last that I heard was that you had to pay the truck toll, however if you are driving a NSW registered vehicle registered for private use and lived in NSW then you can claim a refund/rebate for the additional charge.

As the North Connex is supposed to be a private company then it appears that the NSW Govt may have found a way around the Australian Constitution that prohibits any State from penalizing residents of another State in a way that they do not penalize their own.

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Reply By: kgarn - Saturday, Dec 05, 2020 at 09:37

Saturday, Dec 05, 2020 at 09:37
There is a rebate scheme available.

NorthConnex Options & Rebate

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Follow Up By: Frank P (NSW) - Monday, Dec 07, 2020 at 12:48

Monday, Dec 07, 2020 at 12:48
But as Athol said above:
"if you are driving a NSW registered vehicle registered for private use and lived in NSW then you can claim a refund/rebate for the additional charge."

Here is one reference.
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Reply By: Member - bbuzz (NSW) - Saturday, Dec 05, 2020 at 10:10

Saturday, Dec 05, 2020 at 10:10
Thanks for replies.

I will investigate the Refund application.

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Reply By: OzzieCruiser - Saturday, Dec 05, 2020 at 12:16

Saturday, Dec 05, 2020 at 12:16
Why not just drive up Pennant Hills Road if outside peak hour - now that trucks travelling north to the M1 are not allowed on Pennant hills Rd, the run is not so bad and only a couple of minutes longer than the tunnel.

Oh as an aside what are the howling noises you hear from time to time when travelling through the tunnel?
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Follow Up By: Gramps - Saturday, Dec 05, 2020 at 12:42

Saturday, Dec 05, 2020 at 12:42
Exhaust fans ?
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Follow Up By: outlaw40 - Saturday, Dec 05, 2020 at 13:10

Saturday, Dec 05, 2020 at 13:10
Qlders just realising how much they have been stung
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Reply By: Nomadic Navara - Saturday, Dec 05, 2020 at 16:30

Saturday, Dec 05, 2020 at 16:30
As no one has spelt out the details here they are. Light vehicles are Class A vehicles. Trucks, motorhomes and buses are Class B. If your tug plus van is over 12.5 m long or over 2.8 m high you are classed as Class B. The tolls for Class B are roughly three times those for Class A.

There were campaigns waged by various organisations like NRMA and RV Clubs of Australia Limited. The result was the NSW has instituted refunds of the differences between the two classes of toll. It is available to residents of NSW who have both of the vehicles registered in NSW.

You can calculate the tolls using the link Sydney Motorways Toll Calculator From that you will see that the tolls from the Hume Highway to the M1 Motorway are as follows

If you use Pennant Hills Road (as I do) you will save $24 (approx.) I did that a few Thursdays ago and had a wonderful trip on PHR. I only came to a stop three times and rolled through three sets of lights at around 20 km/h.


As an aside, my rig is 12.75 m total length and 2.3 m high. I was charged Class A for the two sections travelling south. On the return trip I was charged Class A for the M7 and Class B for the M2. If your rig is just under the 12.5 m long, check the charges for each section you travel.



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Reply By: Member - Gordon B5 - Saturday, Dec 05, 2020 at 22:24

Saturday, Dec 05, 2020 at 22:24
So if your from interstate & pay the same as a truck you can stay the night in a truck stop if it suits & if challenged simply show your receipt from the motorway or tunnel or is this a different senario I think this is a valid case against your fees on the motorway IMO
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Follow Up By: Nomadic Navara - Sunday, Dec 06, 2020 at 00:15

Sunday, Dec 06, 2020 at 00:15
The toll charges levied by the motorway companies are a commercial dealing. They have no connection with road safety rules. You will get nowhere attempting to make a connection between the two.

The road safety rules specifying certain roadside rest areas for the sole use of heavy vehicle drivers are about providing road safety conditions for drivers of commercially operating vehicles. You with your caravan do not fit into that category.





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Reply By: Member - Gordon B5 - Sunday, Dec 06, 2020 at 21:37

Sunday, Dec 06, 2020 at 21:37
Sorry I don't have a caravan & god help me if I ever have to get within a 1000 Ks of those sort of places
I was only throwing it out there
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