July reg­is­tra­tion saves money

Don’t throw money away on car reg­is­tra­tion

Kapi-Mana News - - NEWS - By RHI­AN­NON MCCON­NELL

Or­gan­ised car own­ers who reg­is­ter their car now for a full year will end up cost­ing them­selves money.

As of July 1 next year, ACC mo­tor ve­hi­cle le­vies on reg­is­tra­tions will drop by an av­er­age of 45 per cent. At present a full year’s reg­is­tra­tion for petroldriven cars costs $280.

But as Ti­tahi Bay res­i­dent Se­bas­tian Van­gellekom re­alised after re­ceiv­ing an email from a neigh­bour, any­body reg­is­ter­ing now for a year will lose money by pay­ing the old fee.

‘‘It’s some­thing you don’t think about.

‘‘I had to read it twice to un­der­stand prop­erly,’’ he said.

It came at the per­fect time be­cause his ute was up for reg­is­tra­tion, and his car will be in De­cem­ber.

‘‘It’s some­thing you have to do, but it all makes a dif­fer­ence. Es­pe­cially when you have two ve­hi­cles.’’

He said he was ‘‘ chuffed’’ to be sav­ing some money and was telling ev­ery­one he knew about the changes.

ACC spokesman Glenn Dono­van said that though it would not be re­fund­ing any money, peo­ple could take ad­van- tage of the re­duc­tion by reg­is­ter­ing only un­til July.

‘‘To take ad­van­tage of the re­duc­tion as soon as pos­si­ble, ve­hi­cle own­ers can choose re­duced li­cence pe­ri­ods of­fered by NZTA, to min­imise the num­ber of months a ve­hi­cle is li­censed at the ‘old’ rate,’’ Dono­van said.

‘‘ ACC will proac­tively re­mind ve­hi­cle own­ers of this op­tion early in the new year, to en­sure as many peo­ple as pos­si­ble are able to ben­e­fit from the new lower rates.’’

The li­cence fee changes were con­firmed in Au­gust as part of $480 mil­lion ve­hi­cle levy re­duc­tion that in­cludes a drop of 3 cents a litre off the petrol levy.

Dono­van said it was a big rea­son to cel­e­brate, be­cause it meant more money in peo­ple’s pock­ets.

He said though ev­ery­one would ben­e­fit from the re­duc­tions, as from July le­vies would dif­fer based on safety rat­ings, mean­ing those who drive safer cars will pay less.

‘‘It’s also fairer for those who gather the higher in­jury costs to pay their fair share.’’

The re­duc­tions come as a re­sult of the ACC mo­tor ve­hi­cle ac­count be­ing nearly fully funded.

The new rates will be pub­lished early next year.

Photo: RHI­AN­NON MCCON­NELL

Car costs: Se­bas­tian Van­gellekom is ready for ACC ve­hi­cle levy drops next year.

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