Only NSW drivers aged between 21 and 44 years will be eligible for a ten-year licence from its inception, with the first ten-year renewals available from Q1 next year.
The current licence fee concessions for drivers with a clean record over three years will remain, with a fee-reduction of up to 50 percent for drivers with no demerit points.
Drivers in NSW who require a ‘Pink Slip’ pre-registration inspection will also find the process easier by the end of this year, with expiry dates on Pink Slips changing from six weeks to six months.
“This will give vehicle owners more flexibility to choose a convenient time for their annual vehicle safety inspection – they could even get it done when they get their regular service,” NSW Roads Minister, Duncan Gay, said.
“This change will benefit more than three million vehicle owners across the state, so it’s great news. Extending the validity of these reports will deliver a cost and time benefit to customers who require a Pink Slip.”
Existing Pink Slip requirements will not change, with all vehicles over five years old requiring the annual inspection before registration can be renewed.
Mr Gay said the changes are expected to save the NSW Government $3 million per year, and complement other recent changes, including the abolition of registration stickers.
Not all motorists are happy with the decision to scrap registration labels, however, with some linking recent rises in unregistered vehicle fines to the new rules.
NSW has seen unregistered vehicle fines rise from $530 to $607 (which then doubles, as the same fine applies for driving without Compulsory Third Party insurance) in recent months, and a blitz on unregistered vehicles in Victoria nabbed more than 900 drivers in just one week.
The South Australian Government’s plan to increase unregistered vehicle fines from $1074 (for registration expired for more than one month) to $2500 has been met with strong opposition, with even SA Police reportedly saying they would refuse to issue the high fines.
Every Australian state and territory has scrapped registration labels except Queensland, which is also set to go label-free from October 1 this year.