Mas­sive change to the way we pay rego

The Western Star - - News -

QUEENS­LAND mo­torists will soon be able to pay their regis­tra­tion bills monthly un­der a push from the State Gov­ern­ment to make it eas­ier for driv­ers to man­age their pay­ments.

News Corp can re­veal the Gov­ern­ment is set to launch the new pay­ment sys­tem be­fore the end of the year af­ter a sur­vey found one in five wanted to pay their rego and third­party in­sur­ance bills monthly.

The new one-month rego ser­vice will in­clude an ex­tra $1.45 sur­charge for ev­ery pay­ment made, mak­ing it sim­i­lar to the cost of pay­ing ev­ery three or six months.

Queens­land will be one of the first states in the coun­try to make the move, fol­low­ing South Aus­tralia and the North­ern Ter­ri­tory.

Trans­port Min­is­ter Mark Bai­ley said they were in­tro­duc­ing the new pay­ment sys­tem to make it eas­ier for mo­torists, bring­ing it in line with other ser­vices such as phone and in­ter­net.

“Across the board, we’re see­ing more flex­i­bil­ity when it comes to pay­ing for ser­vices and util­i­ties, to help Queens­lan­ders bet­ter man­age house­hold bud­gets,” he said.

Op­po­si­tion Leader Deb Freck­ling­ton said the LNP wel­comed any mea­sure that would help Queens­lan­ders cope with the “shock­ing rise in rego we’ve seen un­der An­nasta­cia Palaszczuk”.

“But if La­bor re­ally cared about strug­gling fam­i­lies, it wouldn’t have in­tro­duced the high­est rego fees in the coun­try,” she said.

“La­bor should stop break­ing its elec­tion prom­ise and not in­crease car rego above in­fla­tion.”

The new rego scheme was in­tro­duced through new reg­u­la­tions signed off last week, which also in­cluded a crack­down on of­fen­sive per­son­alised num­ber plates.

Un­der the new reg­u­la­tions, Trans­port and Main Roads will re­call of­fen­sive or defam­a­tory num­ber plates.

Per­son­alised Plates Queens­land will also refuse to is­sue any num­ber plates that are ob­scene, in­de­cent, con­trary to the pub­lic in­ter­est, likely to cause of­fence or in­fringe on an­other per­son’s rights.

“PPQ al­ready re­views com­bi­na­tions and has poli­cies in place to re­ject or re­call any of­fen­sive plates, and these rules put that into leg­is­la­tion.”

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