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.
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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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) 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 hire car on a tollroad
Some hire car companies have introduced electronic toll payment options as part of the use of the vehicle. These companies include Avis, Budget, Hertz, Bayswater Car Rentals and Waterloo Redspot.
If you have not paid a toll when using a hire car, a Toll Notice will be sent to the hire car company. Hire 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 hire car in Sydney, make sure you have an arrangement to pay tolls
Get a copy of Sydney Motorways map
Click on this link and go to 'Driving information' to order a free hard copy of the Sydney Motorways map. Alternatively, you can download a copy of the map.
Need a compact copy of the Sydney Motorways map? Download your free copy of the Glove box Guide to Tolling as a concise reference tool for when you travel
1. Electronic tags are read by sensors at toll plazas and collection points and your toll account is automatically debited. All tags offered in Australia work on all motorways around the country. If you have a tag, look for the lanes marked with the red and yellow ‘E’ symbol.