Tanya Davies MP. Member for Mulgoa.

NSW to abolish registration stickers for cars

Thursday May 24, 2012

Local State Members, Tanya Davies, Bart Bassett and Stuart Ayres have welcomed a decision by Premier Barry O’Farrell and Roads Minister Duncan Gay to abolish car registration stickers in NSW.

In a move sure to be welcomed by drivers and businesses alike, registration labels will be abolished from 1 January 2013.

"The task of scrapping off the old label and affixing the new one will soon be a thing of the past," Mrs Davies said.

"This simple yet practical move will make life just a bit easier for car and motorbike owners," she said.

Mr Bassett 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 Bassett 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.

Mr Ayres said Western Australia and South Australia have already abolished registration labels.

"Recent technological developments in police and RMS technology means police still will be able to check if a car’s registration is out of date," Mr Ayres said.

"The police have number plate recognition technology so if you choose to drive an unregistered and uninsured car – 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 Ayres said.

Motorists can also easily check the status of their vehicle registration using the RMS online Free Registration Check service at http://www.rta.nsw.gov.au/myrta/rego/free-registration-check.html.

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 time and money for businesses that have large fleets of vehicles.

"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".