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  • 'They’re not getting a cent off me': Furious truck driver who refuses to pay daily toll fees racks up $65,000 in unpaid fines
  • By Ben Hill
  • 08/09/2017
  • Contributed by: Royce ( 1 article in 2017 )
Scott Jones, a father-of-two, uses a toll road to commute to work each week but refuses to pay
A truck driver from Western Sydney is refusing to pay for using toll roads - racking up almost $65,000 after four years of refusing to contribute a cent.

Scott Jones uses a toll road to get to and from work five days a week, but refuses to pay to use it.

The father-of-two has bundles of unopened letters mounting up, but said 'there's no real point in opening them'.

Mr Jones says he is unhappy with the state of the Sydney roading network

'They can forget it, they're not getting my money... not even 50 cents,' Mr Jones told A Current Affair.

'I'm not going to pay something that's not more important... than putting food on the table for my kids.'

Commuting to and from work, Mr Jones has clocked up about $60 a day each week, leading to a total of almost $65,000 outstanding.

Part of his reasoning behind not paying the toll is a lack of satisfaction with the city's roading network.

'The road's not up to scratch. You wouldn't go to a mechanic and fully pay for a half job.'

He said his drive to work should take 10 minutes, but can sometimes take 40 sitting in bumper-to-bumper traffic.

Mr Jones has piles of unopened letters demanding toll payment but refuses to open them

He has racked up almost $65,000 in toll road fees after he paid his last toll four years ago

'I just use it, I don't care.'

Mr Jones said he'd rather donate the money to a homeless person that pay the toll.
New South Wales shadow roading minister Jodi McKay said she sympathised with Mr Jones' situation.

'People feel that tolls are unfair, they feel they're unjust.'

Mr Jones uses a toll road to drive to work five days a week, racking up $60 in tolls a day

National Roads and Motoring Association spokesman Peter Khoury warned not paying tolls can come with 'serious consequences', including loss of licence.

One of Australia's largest toll operators - Transurban - collected more than $2 billion in toll fees last year making a profit of $210 million.

Mr Jones said he would rather donate the money to a homeless person than pay the toll



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    By:Brian P from SA, Down under on September 11, 2017 @ 4:34 pm
    Loss of license... haha great. Let us all stop making payments 4 rego n license and anything else for that matter and see how their house of cards crumbles... seriously... who has more to lose?
    By:Benny from Queensland, Australia on September 11, 2017 @ 10:59 am
    He has the right idea ** its called NO **
    By:jimmy from fnq, terra nullius on September 9, 2017 @ 4:48 pm
    By:Simon_P from nsw, australia on September 9, 2017 @ 4:35 pm
    Just wanna say onya Scott and to all those that don't pay and cave into this extortion racket criminalising and fear mongering people for exercising their right to travel peacefully and without fear on our public roads like. This shady cartel are like TROLLS with these tolls. My experience has been to never enter into any undertaking or agreement with any state based agency, like transurban, as their terms are one sided and not fit for us common people. Yes, where's the paperwork to show the deal between State and Transurban? Trampling on the rights of ordinary men and women is unacceptable and unAustralian. Disgusting my brothers and sisters..
    By:Chris from Melb, Australia on September 9, 2017 @ 3:36 pm
    "piles of unopened letters" haven't we all. Should i use them as part of claim to sue or help kick start the barbie??
    By:JohnnyB from nsw, australia on September 9, 2017 @ 1:17 pm
    Who owns the name the demand/debt is in anyway?
    Who created this registered name?
    Who has the intellectual property rights to it?
    If it's a trust who is the trustee and who is the beneficiary?
    Is the state the creator/settlor or trustee of the trust?
    Where is full disclosure of any deed and terms?
    Anyone demanding either money or obligation from anyone must be required to provide proofs.
    By:Sammy from Qld, Oz on September 9, 2017 @ 12:17 pm
    You could first request proof of any contract. Then you could make an offer .to these toll cos advising them of your fees at say $5,000 per hour. Letting them know that upon receipt of any demands from them, for money or otherwise, will constitute their acceptance of said terms. If they persist with their demands you should have a nice amount to counter claim with plus costs if they were ever foolhardy to take the matter for enforcement.
    By:BillynotSilly from NSW, Aus on September 9, 2017 @ 10:48 am
    What is excise tax from petrol, registration and license fees for not to mention all the gst and hidden taxes in our food, products and services we pay for everyday?. Whose pockets is all this money going into? Not mine that's for sure!!!!
    By:FreddyK from WA, Australia on September 9, 2017 @ 9:28 am
    It's simple. If you don't have an e-tag, you have not entered into any legally binding commercial agreement or contract. ie. NO CONSENT!

    YEP, it's all a SHAM. There are so many holes in this rubbish it just aint funny. People just have to wake up and stop paying these extortion demands to signal to the State that the public don't want any more lies and deception!!!

    Where's the full disclosure, incl licensing arrangements between State and these road corps like TransUrban?
    Unilateral and Unfair terms at best?
    What's the consideration?
    Imbalance in power?
    All unlawful and unenforceable!
    Letters are a form of harassment, menace & unsolicited mail. All illegal.
    Another way the State is unlawfully taxing the community.
    Time to wake up Dorothy...

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