M5 South West to go cashless
The M5 South West Motorway is the last motorway in Australia operating cash booths, making it the only tollroad of the 160 kilometre Sydney Orbital that accepts cash.
From 1 July 2013 the M5 South West cash collection toll booths will no longer be in operation and motorists who use the motorway will need to ensure they use an active tolling product such as an electronic tag or pass when travelling on the motorway.
Tolls, Tags and Passes
Sydney's Orbital network is made up of nine motorways linked with expressways, freeways and other main roads. All motorways are owned and operated by private operators (except for the Sydney Harbour Bridge and M4 Western Motorway) and a toll is charged for their use.
How you pay the toll depends on which motorway you use and how often you use them. Some motorways accept cash and others are fully electronic. This means you need an electronic tag, or pass.
There is a range of electronic tag and pass products available through different providers. Each provider may apply different charges, deposits and top-up amounts. To find out more about the different products available, contact the tag or pass issuers.
The available payment options are detailed below. See the About Sydney motorways section for detailed payment options for each of the motorways.
The M4 Motorway is toll free.
Electronic tags are the easiest way to pay motorway tolls. All Australian tags work on all motorways around the country. Most tag products generally require you to pay a security deposit and a pre-paid toll balance. When the pre-paid toll balance drops to a certain amount, your toll account is topped up by the tag provider using your nominated credit card or bank account.
An electronic pass is an arrangement where your number plate is temporarily recorded in the tolling system. If you are visiting Sydney or are an infrequent user of toll roads, this may be your best payment option for the fully electronic motorways. With pass products you'll pay an additional administration fee for each trip you make on a motorway. Only passes purchased from the providers listed below are accepted on NSW tolled motorways.
Where to purchase a tag or pass
Electronic tag and toll pass products are available from the following providers:
From 1 July 2013, cash will no longer be accepted on the Sydney Motorway Network. Now is a great time to get your electronic tag or pass to assist you to seamlessly access Sydney Motorways.