Sydney tollroads are cashless, meaning that they only accept payment by electronic tag or pass. Major directional signs leading to a cashless tollroad have the words "TOLLE e" in black letters on a yellow patch.
You will need either an electronic tag1 or an electronic pass2 to pay your tolls on a cashless tollroad. If you do not have a tag, you can obtain a toll pass before you leave home or up to 3 days after you use a cashless tollroad.
All Australian E-Tags are accepted on all toll roads in Australia, regardless of where your E-Tag provider is located. Even if you travel on a toll road only once or twice a year, an electronic tag is a worthwhile solution to cover your tolls.
As all Australian tollroads are cashless, it is worth getting a tag even if you visit Sydney, Melbourne or Brisbane just a few times a year.
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Electronic tag and pass products are available from the following providers:
Toll notices are not fines – they are simply a letter requesting payment of a toll if you travelled on a toll road without a valid tag or pass arrangement. Toll Notices require payment of the toll plus an administration fee (typically $10 toll notice fee or $1.10 toll notice transfer fee with electronic tag account) to cover the extra cost of collecting the toll in this manner. Failure to pay a toll notice may result in a penalty notice being issued.
Using a rental car on a tollroad
Some rental car companies have introduced electronic toll payment options as part of the use of the vehicle. These rental vehicles are fitted with an electronic tag, and customers who have hired a vehicle from these providers cannot use their own electronic tag or pass product. Using your own electronic tag or pass product may result in you being charged twice for the trip. If you need to carry your own tag with you in the rental vehicle, please ask your rental vehicle provider for a 'shield bag' to store your tag in.
If your rental car company does not provide an electronic tag, you can arrange an electronic pass yourself. It is important that when you open the pass to check the state of registration of the licence plate number and ensure that the pass is only valid for the days you use the vehicle.
If you have not paid a toll by an electronic tag or pass, a Toll Notice will be sent to the rental car company. Rental car companies charge over $30.00 simply to redirect each Toll Notice. This is in addition to the tolls and administrative charges incurred by you, so if you drive a rental car in Sydney, make sure you have an arrangement to pay tolls
Travelling by taxi
If you are travelling by taxi and decide to use tollroads, the driver will charge you the tolls as part of your total fare. If you travel into the city using the Sydney Harbour Bridge or tunnel, you will be charged the toll for a return northbound journey also in accordance with the maximum taxi fares and charges. For more information visit Transport for NSW website
If you are travelling interstate and plan on using Sydney Motorways, an electronic tag is your best way of paying for your tolls. If you do decide to purchase a pass, you will need to arrange a pass in the state of travel. A list of interstate providers is below:
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