Making life easier: NSW to abolish registration stickers for cars

In a move sure to be welcomed by drivers and businesses alike, the NSW Government will abolish registration labels from 1 January 2013, NSW Premier Barry O’Farrell and Minister for Roads Duncan Gay announced today. 

“The chore of getting off the old label and sticking on the new one will be no longer,” Mr O’Farrell said.  “This move is a simple yet practical one that will make life that little bit easier for car owners,” he said. 

“The cut to red tape will also be of particular benefit to companies with large vehicle fleets, like car rental companies and delivery firms.  

“With 5.5 million light vehicles registered in NSW, abolishing registration labels will benefit most NSW residents and businesses.” 

Mr Gay said the decision was based on the recommendation of the Better Regulation Office and Roads and Maritime Services (RMS).  

It includes all vehicles with a total weight of up to 4.5 tonnes (which accounts for 97 per cent of vehicles registered) 

The review found labels were not needed to support compliance and enforcement of vehicle registration and other laws and the presence of a label was not a reliable indicator that a vehicle is registered. 

Registration labels cost RMS $575,000 a year to produce. Windscreen labels were introduced in 1932. 

Western Australia and South Australia have already abolished registration labels. 

“Despite the abolition of registration labels, current developments in NSW Police and RMS technology will still ensure the present levels of compliance and enforcement are maintained through for example automatic number plate recognition technology,” Mr Gay said. 

“There is no excuse for driving a car unregistered and uninsured – you will be caught.

“Vehicle owners will continue to receive notifications from the Roads and Maritime Services and from CTP insurers reminding them to renew their registration and insurance,” Mr Gay said. 

Motorists can also easily check the status of their vehicle registration using the Service NSW online Free Registration Check External websiteservice.  

After 1 January 2013, it will no longer be an offence for light vehicles to not display a registration label or to display an expired or damaged label.  

NSW Business Chamber Chief Executive Stephen Cartwright said the Chamber had suggested the idea of abolishing rego stickers as a tangible way to both reduce red tape and save taxpayers’ dollars, and he praised the NSW Government’s decision as a victory for common sense. 

“This is a great example of the NSW Government listening to the business community and taking action to eliminate unnecessary red tape,” Mr Cartwright said. 

“The abolition of rego stickers will save businesses that have large fleets of vehicles time and money.  

“The NSW Business Chamber estimates a saving of $5 million for NSW businesses or the equivalent of 160,000 hours in unnecessary red tape. 

“When regulations are no longer fulfilling their intended purpose or are superseded by new technology, they should be abolished, and that’s what the NSW Government is doing with rego stickers.” 

Executive Director of the Motor Traders Association James McCall supported the move. 

“The MTA is pleased to support the NSW Government’s initiative in abolishing registration labels now that RMS has developed a web site which allows our repairers and service providers to easily check if a vehicle is registered”.

24 May 2012
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