Failing to remove an expired registration label carries a $44 fine. Photo Tracey Joynson / Fraser Coast Chronicle
Failing to remove an expired registration label carries a $44 fine. Photo Tracey Joynson / Fraser Coast Chronicle Tracey Joynson

Rego label sticker abolisment a 'load of rubbish'

WHAT a load of rubbish.

We all know this rego label thing has nothing to do with saving a few dollars on sticker costs, and everything to do with making a mint from driving unregistered costs.

It's bad enough when they used that excuse with cars, especially for those who pay their rego annually, as realistically nobody knows or writes down in a conspicuous place when their expiry is.

"Save on sticker costs and sticker holders."

Now sticker holders last for years, especially when they are mounted out of sunlight, and provide an easy way to tell if the vehicle or trailer is registered.

Maybe not such an issue for owner-operators or small fleets, but for large fleets with hundreds of prime movers and trailers, where you are swapping trailers two, three, five, 10, whatever times a day, this just adds to the hassle.

People say just check on the appropriate website if it's registered.

Okay, three rego labels to check every day, for a B-double, multiplied if you change trailers.

Let's face it, our average driver age is going up and up, and the majority of older drivers still aren't too good with technology.

What happens if they have an older model phone that can't access the sites?

What happens if changing trailers or doing a change over in the middle of nowhere with no mobile coverage?

The other thing nobody thinks of is, for prime movers, the VIN, GVM and GCM are all easily printed on the label.

How many people will get caught out by some company telling them to jump in a prime mover and hook up a double road train or B-triple and take it wherever, not knowing that the prime mover is only rated to 70t?

Glenn Piper

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