Drivers look to drop e-TAGs in class action against toll companies

Drivers could soon throw away their e-TAGs if a court case against toll companies is successful.

 

Organisers of the class action claim the way tolls are charged is illegal and should be scrapped.

Retiree Bob Jarvis wants his day in court to challenge the toll companies he claims are illegally charging motorists.

Bob Jarvis wants his day in court to challenge the toll companies. Source: 7 News

"They're double dipping and they are not allowed to double dip," he said.

Mr Jarvis says we already pay a road tax every time we fill up at the bowser via a fuel excise, and senior federal politicians agree.

Bob Jarvis says we pay a road tax every time we fill up at the bowser. Source: 7 News

"If we go to pay for our roads we should pay for them once," NSW Senator David Leyonhjelm said.

Now, Mr Jarvis has the class action numbers to take his fight to court.

If successful, toll road providers like Transurban in Sydney who operate the M7, M2, Lane Cove Tunnel, Eastern Distributor and the M5 could be forced to scrap tolls and reimburse drivers the money they've been charged.

But Transurban spokesman Jean Ker Walsh claims the hopeful litigant is "really quite wrong".

"Well I'm aware of Mr Jarvis and what he's ben saying and from our perspective Mr Jarvis is really quite wrong," she said.

Transurban's Jean Ker Walsh says Mr Jarvis's claims are "wrong". Source: 7 News

"I'm really quite concerned if people follow his advice they will find themselves with toll notices.

"So please, unless the court says otherwise, please continue to use the roads and pay for them."

Bob Jarvis and his supporters are confident they'll win. Source: 7 News

Bod Jarvis said he had "no doubt" he would win.

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