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NSW to get rid of vehicle registration stickers: O'Farrell
25/05/2012 - Vehicle registration stickers will be scrapped in NSW from January 1, the state government has announced.
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Premier Barry O'Farrell said the move would 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 is relieving business and motorists of the inconvenience of having registration labels," O'Farrell told reporters in Sydney on Thursday.
"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The premier said the stickers were a hassle to remove every year and outdated.
Police will still be able to identify unregistered motorists using number plate recognition technology.
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," O'Farrell added.
"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, O'Farrell said.
The government estimates the cost saving from the initiative will be about 10 cents per vehicle.
Roads Minister Duncan Gay agreed there had been teething problems in states such as Western and South Australia where rego stickers have also been abolished.
He said the NSW government would work from now until the introduction date to iron out any similar issues.
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Blackie in Ballarat | 25/05/2012 13:22 1
Good stuff. Victoria is next, provided we can drag VicRoads into the 21st century. There won't be a cost savings, though, because it will take another three consultants at $300k each to make it happen. VicRoads = Consultant City.
Gerald | 27/05/2012 13:04 2
Good on you Barry! Good to know that someone has the view on cost saving strategies. Going a step further would be to ensure that vehicle owners are given the opportunity to pay-for-use basis of their second emergency vehicle on which the governmen collects full taxes. This will reduce congestion on the roads as cars will be used only when required.
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