Trevor Collett | Sep 17, 2013

The last two Australian states that still require vehicle registration labels – Queensland and Victoria – have aligned with other states in scrapping labels for light vehicles.

Victoria announced its intentions in July and will scrap the labels from January 1, while Queensland will become the last Australian state to make the switch, with a cut-off date of October 1 next year.

The new rules are expected to save Queensland taxpayers around $3.5 million in postage and printing costs, while Victorian taxpayers could be better off to the tune of $19.5 million.

Queensland’s peak motoring body, the RACQ, has welcomed the move, saying that registration labels have become a “notorious inconvenience”.

“Rego stickers have long been a necessary evil for motorists, and with numberplate recognition technology we’ve moved past the need for them,” RACQ’s Joe Fitzgerald said.

“An out-dated and inefficient system is effectively being replaced by a modern one and that’s a win for motorists.”

Mr Fitzgerald also said that the RACQ will push for a publicly available database of vehicle registrations in time for the changeover, to allow Queenslanders to check vehicle registration details.

“It is important for car dealers, mechanics and private citizens to be able to access information about a vehicle’s registration to minimise the potential for fraud,” Mr Fitzgerald said.

New South Wales scrapped registration labels on January 1 this year, followed by the ACT and the Northern Territory from July 1.

Western Australia and South Australia have done without the labels since 2010 and 2011 respectively, while Tasmania began phasing them out last year.


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