Guy’s poll pitch to P-platers

Lib­er­als pledge to cut rego fees for young driv­ers

Sunday Herald Sun - - News - MONIQUE HORE

FIRST-year driv­ers would save al­most $300 in car reg­is­tra­tion un­der a Coali­tion cost-of-liv­ing pitch to younger vot­ers.

Op­po­si­tion Leader Matthew Guy will to­day un­veil a $63.7 mil­lion plan to dis­count reg­is­tra­tion on ve­hi­cles owned by red P-plate driv­ers.

The scheme would slash the reg­is­tra­tion fee for a stan­dard ve­hi­cle — which can be any­thing from $700 to $816 de­pend­ing on where the mo­torist lives.

“For many young Vic­to­ri­ans, own­ing a car is es­sen­tial when start­ing in the work­force, tak­ing up a trade or fur­ther stud­ies,” Mr Guy said.

Up to 50,000 Vic­to­ri­ans are li­censed to drive with red P-plates.

FIRST-year driv­ers would save al­most $300 on their car reg­is­tra­tion un­der a Coali­tion cost-of-liv­ing pitch to younger vot­ers.

Op­po­si­tion Leader Matthew Guy will to­day un­veil his plan — cost­ing up to $63.7 mil­lion over four years — to cut the cost of reg­is­tra­tion for ve­hi­cles owned by red P-plate driv­ers.

Mr Guy told the Sun­day Her­ald Sun that the scheme would slash the cost of reg­is­ter­ing a stan­dard ve­hi­cle — which cur­rently costs $700-$816 de­pend­ing on where they live.

“For many young Vic­to­ri­ans, own­ing a car is es­sen­tial when start­ing in the work­force, tak­ing up a trade or fur­ther stud­ies,” Mr Guy said.

“This small but im­por­tant sav­ing will help young Vic­to­ri­ans get back in con­trol of their fi­nances at a time when many are strug­gling with the costs of life af­ter school.”

Ve­hi­cle fees — which cover a “reg­is­tra­tion com­po­nent” and Trans­port Ac­ci­dent Charge — are ex­pected to pour more than $1.6 bil­lion into gov­ern­ment cof­fers in 2018-19.

The Coali­tion has pledged to cover the $295 reg­is­tra­tion com­po­nent, if it is elected next month.

The pol­icy would cost $63.7 mil­lion over four years, if all 50,000 red Pplaters on Vic­to­rian roads an­nu­ally reg­is­tered a car and took up the of­fer.

It would cost $31.8 mil­lion if half did, with some P-platers likely to drive their par­ents’ cars in­stead of buy­ing and reg­is­ter­ing their own.

The pol­icy is a clear shot at eas­ing cost-of-liv­ing pres­sures on younger vot­ers — who polling shows tend to favour La­bor or the Greens — and comes af­ter prom­ises to re­duce wa­ter and power bills, and pro­vide free books to sec­ondary stu­dents at pub­lic schools.

The cost of liv­ing is shap­ing as a key elec­tion bat­tle­ground with both ma­jor par­ties vow­ing to ease the bur­den on vot­ers’ hip pock­ets.

The gov­ern­ment in­tro­duced half­price reg­is­tra­tion for ap­pren­tices two years into its first term and ex­panded the scheme this year.

Now seek­ing a se­cond term, Pre­mier Daniel An­drews this week promised to scrap ex­pen­sive “de­fault” elec­tric­ity and gas tar­iffs and is of­fer­ing so­lar­power sub­si­dies.

The Coali­tion has un­veiled plans to pro­vide dis­counted power plans for low-in­come house­holds, sav­ing up to $500 a year.

Mr Guy pointed to ris­ing power and wa­ter bills, as well as 12 new or in­creased taxes, to claim Mr An­drews could not be trusted.

“Vic­to­ri­ans can’t af­ford four more years of more La­bor taxes that will put even more pres­sure on house­hold bud­gets,” Mr Guy said.

Op­po­si­tion Leader Matthew Guy wants to save first-year driv­ers al­most $300. Pic­ture: STU­ART McEVOY

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