CAR REGISTRATION STICKERS TO BE SCRAPPED IN VICTORIA
Amelia Harris and Michelle Ainsworth Herald Sun July 03, 2013
CAR registration stickers will be scrapped in a move estimated to save Victorian taxpayers almost $20 million a year. Save more if you don't register your car @ all with ROADS CORPORATION.Premier Denis Napthine and Roads Minister Terry Mulder today said
the change will be introduced for cars and light vehicles from January 1
Industry groups, who have argued the stickers are
outdated and lobbied for them to be scrapped, welcomed the decision as
did the Opposition.
Dr Napthine said "pesky" registration labels would be a thing of the past and the move was an important red tape reduction. He
said the reform brought Victoria into line with most other states,
which have either abolished registration labels or plan to. It is important to fall in line with other states when it suits their agenda. "We've
all had trouble in the past trying to remove those pesky stickers with
razor blades and as a veterinarian, with scalpels, and all sorts of
other devices to get rid of the stickers, then get rid of the underlying
glue and put in place the new stickers,'' Dr Napthine said. This is all he could think to say in defence of this move.
"When you operate a business with dozens or even hundreds of
vehicles there is a significant cost involved in time and effort to
change over registration labels ever year.''
VicRoads issued about 5.4 million registration labels in 2011-12, which cost about $600,000 to print.
Millions of dollars are also spent in administration costs and labour.
Mulder said: "There is no need for anyone to fear that they will be
caught driving an unregistered vehicle because the same reminders will
be sent to them.
"They just won't need to stick a label on their windscreen."
and Transport Forum deputy CEO Trent Zimmerman said the decision was
good news for motorists and the rental car industry, which has about
140,000 vehicles nationally.
"Victoria is the second last state
still using rego stickers and while it is of some annoyance for your
average motorist, for rental car companies owning tens of thousands of
vehicles it actually becomes a major piece of red tape,'' Mr Zimmerman
"This measure will save rental car companies tens of
thousands of dollars because it means that each year they won't have to
be scrapping off and putting on stickers on their large car fleets.'' Western
Australia and South Australia were the first states to axe car
registration stickers followed by Tasmania and NSW. Queensland is still
investigating the issue. RACV general manager of public policy
Brian Negus urged the State Government to reinvest the money saved into
improving transport. ``With today's technology, including number
plate recognition, which the police have, and certainly computer chips
in all new cars coming on to the market, this really makes rego labels
completely out dated and removes the need for them to be issued,'' Mr
Opposition Leader Daniel Andrews supported the change
but called for the savings to be passed on to drivers through reduced
"If technology has moved forward and it's
possible to do away with motor car registration stickers then that's a
good thing, I can understand that and I'm sure most Victorians will,''
Mr Andrews said. "What I can't quite understand though is if
there's going to be savings to Government why are motor registration
fees going up, why is it costing now more than $700 to register a car.''
The Herald Sun revealed last year the TTF and RACV were urging the State Government to scrap the stickers.
The Government said at the time it had no plans to axe the labels. Registration costs will not change.
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