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.