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ACT rego stickers…or lack thereof!

By Kox - 11 March 2015 72

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What happens in the ACT if you don’t receive your rego renewal?

Well, I can tell you that you get a rather large fine!

I was pulled over by one of the police cars who do the plate recognition, and the police officer told me that I was not registered. To my knowledge this was not true, and I told him that. He checked and confirmed that it was no error and that I would need to renew my rego before I could drive any further and then issued me with a $654 fine.

Now all this would be fair enough if I had just not paid the renewal, but I had no idea that it was even due. Although a renewal had been sent out by the RTA, we did not receive it (thanks Australia Post), and now that we no longer have rego stickers, there is no other prompt for drivers to avoid this.

This is also our first year with ACT rego, so have never had a car without a sticker before.

The RTA told me that they only send out the renewal notices as a ‘courtesy’, and that the onus is on drives to just ‘know’ when the due date is. I’m sorry…what?

We have two cars, and the other rego was paid on time, on receipt of the renewal, so we are not in the habit of not paying. We have never paid late and I was completely clueless about it until being pulled over today. The policeman told me that in his family they put a little sticker on the windscreen themselves, indicating the due date, so he obviously is aware that without an RTA issued sticker it is a tough call to remember the due date.

So, what can I do? Do I contest the fine in court? If I plead my case at the copshop is there even anything they can do now that the fine has been issued? Would appreciate some constructive advice please…Thanks.

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ACT rego stickers…or lack thereof!
mchalmers 2:12 pm 11 Mar 15

I thought about this topic when they stopped issuing them in Queensland recently (as I have just left there).
I wondered how am I going to know when my rego is due next ?
I wondered if they might be a nice little side business in producing little stickers for people to put on their cars in place of the rego stickers, reminding them when its due. Pity I’m too lazy to run a business 🙂

On the back of this I found out when they are due and simply added a reminder into my hotmail calender…..

Felix the Cat 1:55 pm 11 Mar 15

dungfungus said :

VYBerlinaV8_is_back said :

“The RTA told me that they only send out the renewal notices as a ‘courtesy’, and that the onus is on drives to just ‘know’ when the due date is. I’m sorry…what?”

It’s your car, bought by you, registered by you and driven by you. You are responsible for keeping it registered.

The fine is a pain, but sometimes that’s just how it is.

Knowing the due date is one thing but knowing how much to pay is another so how else are we going to know if they don’t tell us?
One thing is certain and that is next year’s cost will be greater than this years and so on.

Do you not have an electronic calender on Outlook or your phone that you could use? Or even a good old fashioned paper calender? How do you remember other important dates and events?

Once you have worked out/been reminded when the rego is due you can go to regoACT website and it will tell you exactly how much it will cost and allow you to renew it while you are there. Very easy.

A $654 fine for being ignorant is cheap IMO.

Rollersk8r 1:52 pm 11 Mar 15

Holden Caulfield said :

Rollersk8r said :

I signed up to the free SMS service with the motor registry as soon as it was announced.

Is that a service offered by ACT Gov or a third party? Do you have a linky please?

Through ACT RTA. You need your licence and rego details to log in – then choose:

https://rego.act.gov.au/regosoa/public/maintainContactDetails.jsf

dungfungus 1:08 pm 11 Mar 15

VYBerlinaV8_is_back said :

“The RTA told me that they only send out the renewal notices as a ‘courtesy’, and that the onus is on drives to just ‘know’ when the due date is. I’m sorry…what?”

It’s your car, bought by you, registered by you and driven by you. You are responsible for keeping it registered.

The fine is a pain, but sometimes that’s just how it is.

Knowing the due date is one thing but knowing how much to pay is another so how else are we going to know if they don’t tell us?
One thing is certain and that is next year’s cost will be greater than this years and so on.

dungfungus 12:59 pm 11 Mar 15

Spiral said :

I think the ACT government should bring in a direct debit system like so many businesses (like my mortgage, electricity etc). So each month they take the correct amount and you never have to worry about being out of rego.

A cynic would say that if they did that they wouldn’t be able to raise so much money by issuing these fines.

A cynic would be correct in this instance.
A friend copped a parking infringement notice in the Parliamentary Triangle (Noodle thing on Friday night) which was $260. I think the bureaucrats who have parking supplied as part of their employment are really out of touch with the high level of penalties they impose.

MERC600 12:58 pm 11 Mar 15

Well this is interesting. Especially the 654 dollar fine, hell..
I received a renewal notice last October for my wheels. So have they stopped doing this ?
I guess I’d better make up some sticker thing to remind me.

Tooks 12:54 pm 11 Mar 15

As mentioned, the onus is on you to know when your rego expires. Understand people can forget, but that won’t get you off, unfortunately. Bet you won’t forget again 😉

Holden Caulfield 12:34 pm 11 Mar 15

Rollersk8r said :

I signed up to the free SMS service with the motor registry as soon as it was announced.

Is that a service offered by ACT Gov or a third party? Do you have a linky please?

Spiral 12:33 pm 11 Mar 15

I think the ACT government should bring in a direct debit system like so many businesses (like my mortgage, electricity etc). So each month they take the correct amount and you never have to worry about being out of rego.

A cynic would say that if they did that they wouldn’t be able to raise so much money by issuing these fines.

VYBerlinaV8_is_back 12:22 pm 11 Mar 15

“The RTA told me that they only send out the renewal notices as a ‘courtesy’, and that the onus is on drives to just ‘know’ when the due date is. I’m sorry…what?”

It’s your car, bought by you, registered by you and driven by you. You are responsible for keeping it registered.

The fine is a pain, but sometimes that’s just how it is.

Milly Withers 12:16 pm 11 Mar 15

Solidarity said :

There is a website where you can check:

https://rego.act.gov.au/regosoa/public/findRegoByPlate.jsf

I didn’t know about this website, but I am constantly forgetting when my renewals are coming up and am terrified of being caught out by police in the manner described above. Thanks, Solidarity!

Maya123 12:10 pm 11 Mar 15

I still have my last rego sticker on my car. I was considering removing it, but after reading this I will be leaving it there as a reminder.

dungfungus 12:07 pm 11 Mar 15

Are you sure the RTA actually sent out a renewal/invoice?
The reason I suggest this is that ACT Ambulance has not been invoicing for their call-outs and I think it is all done through some directorate called “shared services”. There have a major billing problem.
Why don’t you email the RTA and ask for proof the document was sent to you and ask for dates, where posted and demand a copy?
It is possible they put an incorrect address on it?
When you receive the info from RTA contact Australia Post and ask them to verify that they received the letter to post from RTA – it would have been “bulk posted” over the counter and a receipt would have been issued.
I would go to court for the amount of money involved – argue that you did not wilfully avoid payment.

Solidarity 11:34 am 11 Mar 15

There is a website where you can check:

https://rego.act.gov.au/regosoa/public/findRegoByPlate.jsf

It’s on the onus of the vehicle owner to be on top of such things.

Rollersk8r 11:31 am 11 Mar 15

I hate to be that person stating the obvious – but you will get nowhere, you simply have to pay the fine.

If you’re not registered then you don’t have third party insurance – so the financial penalty could’ve been much worse if you were in an accident.

I signed up to the free SMS service with the motor registry as soon as it was announced.

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