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Australian Vehicle tolling classes wins the virtualmechanic scam award for 2017

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Tollways within Australia wins the Virtualmechanic scam award.

We worked very hard this year to work out the best scam, we were looking at several categories.
Car Registration increase scams
Speeding fines when traveling over the limit for 10 seconds scams.
City parking, Airport parking scams.

It was hard to judge as they were all fighting for the number scam award.
The winner is Vehicle tolling classes SCAM.

The following information is to help you understand your vehicle class scam

The vehicle tolling classes are defined as follows:

  • CAR – Cars are motor vehicles other than those that comply with the motorcycle, light commercial vehicle, heavy commercial vehicle or taxi classifications (below). Cars include those Cars towing trailers and caravans. 
  • LCV – Light Commercial Vehicles have two axles, cab-chassis construction, and a gross vehicle mass greater than 1.5 tonnes but not exceeding 4.5 tonnes.
  • HCV – Heavy Commercial Vehicles include all of the following vehicles:
    • Vehicles with three or more axles, cab-chassis construction, and a gross vehicle mass greater than 1.5 tonnes;
    • Articulated Vehicles with cab-chassis construction, and a gross vehicle mass greater than 1.5 tonnes;
    • Buses with more than 12 seating positions (including the driver);
    • Vehicles with two axles, cab-chassis construction, and a gross vehicle mass greater than 4.5 tonnes; and
    • All other vehicles with a gross vehicle mass greater than 30 tonnes.
  • Motorcycles (no tag required) are two wheeled motor vehicles (including those with side cars).
  • Taxis are motor vehicles licensed for operation as a taxi-cab under the Transport Act 1983 (Vic).

    Here is the money part
    Vehicle classes are set by the state legislation.
    Just in case we don’t understand the fine print, let me clarify the following point.

    A ute used for private use is classed as a car, but a ute with a tray is classed as a commercial vehicle whether for private use or not.

    A car entering Frankston and exiting Ringwood will cost $6.13 on any week day.
    A Light commercial vehicle entering Frankston and exiting Ringwood will cost $9.80 on any week day.

    So we better thing twice about the next vehicle we purchase as tolls only increase, and to some its more than their electricity bill.
    Am I the only one that forgets if any the benefit of tollways other than to scalp you for saving time.

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