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Old 06-01-2017, 09:38 AM
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Arrow EastLink (& CityLink?) No Longer Free Club Permit.

I just received a "reminder" letter from EastLink stating that by law, I am required to have a "tolling arrangement" when using my (H-plate) vehicle on Eastlink.

In other words, open an account and pay tolls.

Up until now, club permit vehicles have been exempt from any tolling charges on Eastlink and I expect that CityLink will say the same.

I wonder how much impact this will have on the weekly Saturday night BP EastLink cruise in Scoresby that is heavily populated by H-plate vehicles..
I don't have an account and am not about to open one.
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Old 06-01-2017, 10:20 PM
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Old 07-01-2017, 12:32 AM
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I just received a "reminder" letter from EastLink stating that by law, I am required to have a "tolling arrangement" when using my (H-plate) vehicle on Eastlink.

In other words, open an account and pay tolls.

Up until now, club permit vehicles have been exempt from any tolling charges on Eastlink and I expect that CityLink will say the same.

I wonder how much impact this will have on the weekly Saturday night BP EastLink cruise in Scoresby that is heavily populated by H-plate vehicles..
I don't have an account and am not about to open one.
Well strictly speaking they were never "Exempt".

It was just that Vicroads club permit scheme was independent to the tolling database, but the crossover was always coming.

I don't think it will have any effect at all, the bulk of cars attending aren't on club permits, and of these the majority of cars were already paying their way and had registered their club permit vehicles with Eastlink or Citylink years ago...lets face it, if .48c (Wellington rd to Eastlink with a weekend discount) is going to break the bank you might just have other issues to worry about.....
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Old 07-01-2017, 07:36 AM
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They've realised they can make more money this way.

A few months back they decided to re-classify Falcon Utes (which I have) as light commercial vehicles because of the cab chassis design, with variable bodies fitted. LCV tolls are somewhere between a car and a truck
Up until then, it was only Jap commercials that were classified as LCV.
Holden utes are still classified as a regular car, because of their body.
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Old 07-01-2017, 02:26 PM
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I don't have an account and am not about to open one.
Good for you, just exit before the toll and join the cruise on the next on ramp after the toll.

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Old 07-01-2017, 02:39 PM
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Holden utes are still classified as a regular car, because of their body.
I don't think so Steve..
I was working with a guy who drove his empty HZ 1-tonner to a job we were on in Mornington, and he was being charged commercial rates.
Would an old, full chassis Holden ute be in a different classification to a modern uni-body Holden ute?

Ironically, his empty privately registered ute is lighter than my Caprice..

Needless to say, he began driving an alternate route which took him only a few minutes more, but bought him a tank of juice per month in toll savings..

FWIW.. I hate cruising on freeways in my Camaro. So boring.
Tach needle stuck at one monotonous speed.. Speed cameras everywhere.

Prefer regular back roads any day..
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What happens with this chev badged holden utes.... can you put chev badges on your ford utes ...
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Old 07-01-2017, 09:46 PM
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Steve, I was referring to the more recent "single body" Holden utes. I've had the Falcon tray for ages, and now a ute back with canopy, and Citylink just up and decided to change the classification to LCV. The letter they sent me accused ME of misrepresenting the vehicle. I put that right in a phone call.

I should find a Lincoln or Mercury badge to stick on the Falcon. Make as much sense of putting a bowtie on a Holden.

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I don't think so Steve.. Needless to say, he began driving an alternate route which took him only a few minutes more, but bought him a tank of juice per month in toll savings.
Some of the locations of the toll bridges are ridiculous. There's one in Sydney's west where there's an exit before and an exit right after. If you trust your GPS it'll select the quickest route and spit you out just after the bridge costing you more. Exiting before the bridge doesn't really lose you that much time but saves quite a bit of money.

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Old 08-01-2017, 03:12 PM
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Some of the locations of the toll bridges are ridiculous. There's one in Sydney's west where there's an exit before and an exit right after. If you trust your GPS it'll select the quickest route and spit you out just after the bridge costing you more. Exiting before the bridge doesn't really lose you that much time but saves quite a bit of money.

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I wonder how many people that gets without realising they're spending a dollar or two to save 60 seconds max.
Yeah, that's the one, I was in the work truck so not my coin but it caught me out a few times before I realised there's a turn off just before the toll.

It'd be more than a dollar or two right? The price of some of them is ridiculous for what you get.

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No toll roads in SA (yet) ....but we do have other car related issues to contend with
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Just got an invoice.
Seems they are now charging tolls to club permit vehicles.
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Was is it just like a $25 credit type deal? Or for the travel you've already done so far this year...
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