M5 introduces cashless tolling on July 1

All drivers using the M5 South West Motorway from July 1 must make sure they have a valid etag or toll pass in their vehicle.

NSW Road and Maritime Services issued this reminder on June 28, stating that cash booths on the M5 would be replaced by cashless tolling.

The M5 was the last motorway in Australia to still possess cash booths. The new cashless tolling system will "bring it in line" with the rest of the nation's toll roads.

A toll gantry and system has already been installed on the M5 earlier in the year and is currently being tested.

Until September, those driving the vehicles in your fleet may hear two beeps coming from their etag - one under the existing toll gantry and the other under the new cashless tolling system.

Rest assured, NSW Road and Maritime Services states, their etags will only be charged once.

Drivers should also be aware that the conversion to cashless tolling may affect traffic conditions on the M5. Over the next few months, roadworks will be carried out to remove the cash booths and realign lanes.

Any traffic changes will be shared with drivers via electronic message boards on this section of the South West Motorway.

While these roadworks may cause traffic congestion in the short term, the benefits of having cashless tolling on the M5 will be felt for many years to come.

This electronic system will (eventually) improve traffic flow on this motorway, making for more-efficient travel times - something every fleet manager will be glad to hear!

Another electronic system that could make your fleet more efficient is Smartfleet's software for fleet management.

This easy-to-use fleet software will give you better control over your fleet, speedy access to information about individual vehicles and basically make your job a whole lot simpler!