Inspections not needed

NSW Roads and Maritime Services (RMS) director of customer and compliance Peter Wells has said heavy vehicle operators intending to take advantage of reduced 'A trailer' registration charges by cancelling and reregistering their vehicles, will not need an inspection.

"The decision affects about 3200 trailers in New South Wales with some operators saving of thousands of dollars in registration fees," Mr Wells said.

"The National Transport Commission sets annual registration fees for heavy vehicles to provide consistency across this important national industry.

"Registration fees for 'A trailers' have been reduced after the industry indicated substantial increases to fees for heavy vehicle registrations since 2007 had caused significant hardship.

"National heavy vehicle charges are levied on all heavy vehicles weighing more than 4.5 tonnes.

"They are intended to cover the cost of road use of these vehicles.

"To help heavy vehicle operators take advantage of the reduced charges by cancelling and re-establishing their trailer registrations, RMS will exempt the vehicle inspection requirement until August 31, 2012," Mr Wells said.

Conditions: The vehicle must be cancelled and re-established on the same day, vehicle must be re-established in the same name and at the same garaging address and no details of the vehicle must change. Queensland also has the same deal running.

Many NSW transport operators are expected to take advantage of this concession so a dedicated email address has been created to manage requests. Customers choosing to take advantage of this concession will need to email ATrailerChange@rms.nsw.gov.au with the following information: Customer number, Name, Contact details - including email, phone and mail address, plate number/s and Vehicle Identification Numbers (VIN).

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