Any thoughts about South Australia's abolition of registration stickers on windscreens?
I personally think that the cost saving is outweighed by the inconvenience for people who don't keep track of their vehicle expiry date.
I have my own vehicle on a direct debit and that's a simple system...also have my kids vehicles on direct debit too as I know what they are like!
The other side of the argument is that people should be more aware and take the time to check...it's all available online.
Quite a money cash cow though!
SA Government rakes in $7 million in registration fines since stickers were cut
- DAVID NANKERVIS
- The Advertiser
- April 19, 2015 11:21PM
More than 3500 motorists are caught driving unregistered every month in SA.
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MORE than 3500 drivers are caught in unregistered and uninsured vehicles each month — the highest rate since registration stickers were abolished — delivering a $7 million annual fines windfall to the State Government.
The number of such offences has risen 50 per cent since the stickers were dumped in July 2011 to save the Government $2 million a year.
It has attributed the surge in fines revenue since the abolition of stickers to the increased number of traffic cameras able to scan registration plates, but figures have prompted calls for a return of the windshield stickers, which clearly showed when registration fees were due.
The Motor Trade Association and Opposition say the return of stickers would help remind people to renew their registrations and avoid fines totalling more than $1000 — $404 for being unregistered and $696 for not being covered by compulsory third-party insurance, which is paid for with registration fees.
Motorists who drive an uninsured car are also liable for medical bills if they injure another person in a crash.
MTA chief executive officer Paul Unerkov said the fines increase was not surprising.
“The latest figures seem to back up the MTA’s prediction in 2011 that there would be a spike in the number of South Australians unintentionally caught driving an unregistered vehicle due to the abolition of registration stickers,” he said.
“Despite the mechanisms in place to notify South Australians when their vehicle registration is due, errors happen and many drivers still prefer the visual cue that a reminder sticker on the windshield gave them.”
Chief executive of the Motor Trade Association, Paul Unerkov.
Mr Unerkov is calling on the Government to consider reinstating the registration stickers.
Since the abolition of stickers, The Advertiser has reported several cases in which fines were withdrawn after renewal notices were sent to wrong addresses.
These include southern-suburbs woman Chantel Merrett, who successfully challenged her fine in court in May last year, resulting in changes being made to the EzyReg website to simplify the renewal process.
Latest police figures show an average of 2340 drivers of unregistered and uninsured vehicles were caught each month in 2011/12 — the first year stickers were abolished.
In 2012/13, the monthly average was 3412, followed by 3379 in 2013/14 and 3512 a month this financial year.
The increase means the Government is estimated to receive up to $19 million in fines this financial year, compared to $12 million in 2011/12.
Police said they had “continued to pursue opportunities to improve methods of detection’’ of unregistered and uninsured cars.
“Increased numbers of fixed cameras and automatic numberplate recognition devices have assisted in detecting offences related to motor vehicles,’’ a police spokesman said.
“In the event that a driver of a South Australian registered vehicle is involved in a crash, (third-party) insurance provides compensation to any parties that may be injured as a result of that crash,’’ he said.
“Failing to maintain a vehicle’s registration and subsequent CTP insurance is an offence and may also result in the driver/owner of the vehicle being liable to the costs associated with any personal injury resulting from a crash.’’
Opposition transport spokesman Corey Wingard said stickers were “a useful way to check if a vehicle is registered and also a reminder to renew their registration for many South Australians”.
“I have had residents tell me that they have been pulled up by the police for accidentally driving unregistered because they received no reminder notice, and no longer had the sticker to remind them,’’ he said.
Transport Minister Stephen Mullighan said the increase in fines was a result of intensified law enforcement.
“My advice is that the increase in detection of unregistered and uninsured vehicles can almost entirely be put down to the installation and use of automatic numberplate recognition and safety cameras,’’ he said.
“For example, about 10,000 unregistered and uninsured vehicles were detected in the last financial year through the Government’s safety-camera network.’’
Mr Mullighan said the Government provided several registration renewal options, including direct debit, paying online, by smartphone app, telephone, at a post office and through Service SA.
“People can also register to receive a reminder SMS and/or email seven days before their registration is due and can check their current status online or via the smartphone app,” he said.