"Over 14,000 fines were issued to drivers in the past year for not paying tolls on roads, even though the drivers were nowhere near those roadways."
ABC News (Australia)
Over 14,000 fines have been issued to drivers in the past year for not paying tolls on New South Wales roads, even though the drivers were nowhere near those roadways.
The Roads and Traffic Authority (RTA) has confirmed the number of incorrect fines issued is almost twice the figure from a year before.
A car's number plate is photographed if the car is not registered with an e-tag, but spokesman Richard Boggon says sometimes the operators misread the plates and issued incorrect fines.
He says the RTA has been working with toll operators to fix the issue, and the figures need to be viewed in context.
"If we take the Sydney Harbour Bridge and Tunnel alone, the 60 million e-trips every year, last financial year 490 errors out of those 60 million occurred," he said.
"Now that's significantly down on the previous year, where 2,465 errors had occurred."
The New South Wales Opposition's roads spokesman, Andrew Stoner, says it is unacceptable that toll road operators are making these mistakes.
"It's a common experience for local MPs in regional New South Wales to have bewildered people front at their electorate office, holding a fine for a toll charge on a motorway when they were nowhere near even Sydney," he said.
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