Po­lice out to check rego sta­tus

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS -

PORT Dou­glas po­lice are call­ing on driv­ers to check their ve­hi­cle sta­tus af­ter a spike in un­reg­is­tered and unin­sured ve­hi­cles in the re­gion.

Over the com­ing weeks of­fi­cers will be tar­get­ing traf­fic of­fences as part of op­er­a­tion Que­bec Spring Break.

Se­nior Con­sta­ble Mag­gie Mead­ows said there had been huge in­crease in un­reg­is­tered and unin­sured ve­hi­cles.

There have been 24 in­ci­dents since the be­gin­ning of the year, with 50 per cent oc­cur­ring since the end of June.

“The mes­sage doesn’t seem to get through and I don’t know why,” she said.

“It is dis­ap­point­ing. It’s a Type 2 of­fence. Not only is it a fine, but quite of­ten we find that peo­ple are also un­li­censed. More than one type 2 of­fence leads to im­mo­bil­i­sa­tion of cars up to seven days and 90 days and can end in a for­fei­ture of your car or the car you are found driv­ing.”

Sen Const Mead­ows said of­ten peo­ple moved and didn’t change their ad­dress.

“Please take the time to check your regis­tra­tion is up to date as it is cur­rently a $313 fine for un­reg­is­tered and if a ve­hi­cle is more than 30 days out of regis­tra­tion it costs $522 dol­lars,” she said.

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