Lay-by rego proves big hit in Cam­paspe

The Riverine Herald - - COMMUNITY BILLBOARD - By Lach­lan Durl­ing

It’s a ter­rific idea, be­ing a pen­sioner it’s eas­ier to bud­get for the pay­ment each month rather than pay­ing it all at once. I’ve got one car ... so it makes it a lot eas­ier. I’ve even got my daugh­ter onto it, she’s got two cars and a lit­tle fella so it’s bet­ter ’ for her too

AN AS­TON­ISH­ING 10,371 mo­torists in the Cam­paspe area and 2075 in Gan­nawarra shire have taken up short-term ve­hi­cle reg­is­tra­tion in the past year.

Since the Vic­to­rian Gov­ern­ment in­tro­duced three-month and six-month reg­is­tra­tion op­tions on Jan­uary 1 last year, about a quar­ter of all ve­hi­cle reg­is­tra­tions have been short­term.

That means 1.3 mil­lion res­i­dents state-wide have signed up to a shorter term, and it is pay­ing off for lo­cals like Echuca’s Elaine Hen­ery who said more op­tions have helped her bud­get her ex­penses.

“It’s a ter­rific idea, be­ing a pen­sioner it’s eas­ier to bud­get for the pay­ment each month (in three-month blocks) rather than pay­ing it all at once,” she said.

“I’ve got one car and you get a let­ter about six weeks be­fore it’s due, so it makes it a lot eas­ier.

“I’ve even got my daugh­ter onto it, she’s got two cars and a lit­tle fella so it’s bet­ter for her too.”

And Elaine isn’t alone in her choice as the three-month reg­is­tra­tion was the more pop­u­lar op­tion state-wide with 770,743 reg­is­tra­tions com­pared to 542,693 Vic­to­ri­ans who opted for six months.

Act­ing Vic­to­rian premier Tim Pal­las said the first year had proved “a huge suc­cess”.

“Hav­ing to find about $800 once a year puts a lot of peo­ple un­der fi­nan­cial pres­sure - by in­tro­duc­ing shorter term pay­ments, we’ve given peo­ple a chance to fac­tor more man­age­able pay­ments into their fam­ily bud­gets,” he said.

More men opted for shorter reg­is­tra­tion pe­ri­ods, with the to­tal take up of three and six­month reg­is­tra­tion sit­ting at 54 per cent males and 46 per cent fe­males.

And over­all, short term regis- tra­tion proved most pop­u­lar with the 26-35 age group.

VicRoads chief ex­ec­u­tive Michael Malouf said cus­tomers tak­ing up short-term reg­is­tra­tion can re­turn to 12-month pay­ments any time their next reg­is­tra­tion is due, al­low­ing them to move the fi­nan­cial bur­den to a qui­eter time of the year.

“With shorter reg­is­tra­tion pe­ri­ods and the on­line ser­vices pro­vided through myVicRoads, we are help­ing make life eas­ier for Vic­to­ri­ans,” Mr Malouf said.

To find out more about short term reg­is­tra­tion, or to see if your ve­hi­cle is el­i­gi­ble, visit vicroads.vic.gov.au

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