While I hate to revive an old topic, I had a couple of incidents last week with this new RAPID system that I thought were worth sharing.
I recently purchased a new car, and duly completed the appropriate paperwork including roadworthy inspection and establishing registration. The vehicle had no plates, so I outlayed $70 on a new set of plates and paid my registration fee. I took the car for a week-long holiday to Victoria the following weekend, and during that trip I was pulled over for being ‘unregistered’. Apparently the RAPID system the police use (according to the officer who pulled me over) often reports false negatives even after vehicles are fully registered and paid for on the system. Fortunately as Id only just registered the car I still had all my documentation in the car, and after a 10min call and taking my details, I was allowed on my way.
Two days later, exactly the same thing happened, this time in NSW on my way home. Again the police officer advised me that his automated system showed my car as being unregistered, and again I had to present all my paperwork and wait while he called around trying to find the problem. After 10min in his car, he returned my licence and documents and told me the same story as I heard in Victoria.
Apparently, the new system while it can provide instant numberplate recognition and checks, doesnt have a very up-to-date database. I asked the officer what I was able to do to get my car listed as registered and was advised that it was an issue with the ACT shopfront or agencies not keeping the national database up-to-date. The second time I was pulled over, was 10 days after the receipt of payment, and the police officer could offer no suggestion how long it would take until my vehicle appeared as registered on the national database.
Has anyone else experienced this issue, having paid for registration only to be pulled over and queried for driving an unregistered vehicle?
Whats the point of being able to have instant plate recognition, when the database that it checks against can be several weeks out of date?