IT'S TOO MUCH: Petition demands reduced tolls for truckies
TO GET from one side of the other in Sydney, a truck driver must pay approximately $75 in tolls for one vehicle.
"That's ridiculous," we hear you cry.
Yet, that's the case.
But Regina Curtis from Morgans Long Distance Transport in Yandina in Queensland has had enough and has started a change.org petition calling for a reduced toll rate for truckies.
"It is understandable that the heavy vehicles put a greater strain on the roads structure, but these companies are receiving billions of dollars every year from our transport industry and our roads are still left unmaintained and dangerous," Regina wrote in the petition.
"Recently it has been mentioned that people living within certain city limits would have a certain amount that they would have to pay each year for using the toll roads that they cannot avoid using and after that they would either have a reduced fee or not have to pay to use the toll roads at all.
"Why can this not apply to the transport companies too?
"Transport companies pay a higher registration for their vehicles, which is due to the extra strain on the roads already, why are we also having to pay high toll rates?
"Transport companies have no option other than to use these toll roads."
The petition went live earlier this week and has since garnered three quarters of the 500-signature goal.
Regina said she had sent the petition to the Queensland Transport Minister Mark Bailey and her end goal was simply for transport companies to not have to pay as much as they do in tolls.
"Enough is enough, it blew my mind when I found out how much transport companies were paying in tolls," Regina said.
You can sign the petition here.