Car rego stickers to be scrapped
VEHICLE registration stickers will be scrapped in New South Wales from January 1, the State Government says.
Premier Barry O’Farrell says the move will affect about 5.5 million “light” vehicles weighing up to 4.5 tonnes.
The labels, which normally go in front windows, have been in use since 1932.
“What we’re doing today (Thursday) is relieving business and motorists of the inconvenience of having registration labels,” says Mr O’Farrell.
“This is a massive time-saving to both business and motorists but it’s a sensible policy that won’t interfere with the way enforcement occurs.”
The Premier says the stickers are a hassle to remove every year and outdated.
Police will still be able to identify unregistered motorists using number plate recognition technology.
Mr O’Farrell also confessed to once breaking the law by driving a car that was not registered because he missed the renewal date.
“As a much younger driver, a long time ago, I missed it because I did not look at my registration label every time I got in the vehicle,” he says.
“I confess that in another jurisdiction, many years ago, I missed my registration date by a couple of months.”
Motorists will in future be reminded to renew their registration via letters in the post, says Mr O’Farrell.
The government estimates the cost saving from the initiative will be about 10 cents per vehicle.
Roads Minister, Duncan Gay, agrees there have been teething problems in states such as Western and South Australia where rego stickers have also been abolished.
He says the NSW Government will work from now until the introduction date to iron out any similar issues.