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Canberra’s car registration – the most expensive in Australia?

By deezagood 23 October 2009 32

I just received this year’s rego bill; a whopping $853.00, which includes rego of $405.30 and Compulsory Third Party Insurance of $448.60. The fees seem to have increased by about $80.00 per year over the past few years. Ouch. A quick scan of other State’s regos confirms that the ACT is, indeed, paying the highest premiums … do other Rioters find this acceptable?


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rakahmed 2:25 pm 19 Jul 11

I agree since I have to pay nearly double the amount for the same car I used to pay for the rego in VIC. But this is not for the rego only. In VIC you can have a learner’s permit by passing the knowledge test for about $30 and then the permit valid for 10 years cost about $28. In the ACT you have to attend a 2 days road ready course (of no use) for about $150. Not only that if you are late for 10 minutes in any of the day, they will not allow you to enter the class and you need to pay the fee and book the course again. Then the learner’s permit valid for about 2 years will cost you another $30. SO in total you have to spend $180 for the permit while you can get it for $58 in VIC.

YapYapYap 10:44 pm 25 Oct 09

bigred said :

My understanding of why the CTP premiums are higher in the ACT is that the ACT scheme is far more generous in case of an injury being incurred, ie the same injury would attract less compensation in other places. Hence, the NRMA is the only provider because the others are more than a bit frightened of big payouts. Sure we grizzle about the premiums, but think about the larger safety net if injured.

Red’s on the money. ACT is ‘open’ to other insurers but none are at all keen it seems.

And unlike, for eg Victoria – where injurered parties end up in the hands of a Centrelink-like gestapo (the TAC, I think), with capped payments and no access to normal common law rights to seek compensation for damages, ACT drivers avoid those pitfalls, but have to pay for it.

bigred 8:10 am 24 Oct 09

My understanding of why the CTP premiums are higher in the ACT is that the ACT scheme is far more generous in case of an injury being incurred, ie the same injury would attract less compensation in other places. Hence, the NRMA is the only provider because the others are more than a bit frightened of big payouts. Sure we grizzle about the premiums, but think about the larger safety net if injured.

wishuwell 6:39 am 24 Oct 09

Wanon time to put the pipe away.

Wanon 10:50 pm 23 Oct 09

What drugs are you guys on? My partner recently registered her car in NSW and it set her back almost $1200 for rego+ctp+roadworthy (not including the things the mechanics always seem to find wrong with it).

She drives a tiny little Mazda 121.

I drive an Accord Euro and I just paid $700 for rego+ctp from Queensland.

We are both under 25, so that may affect prices you guys pay, but $1200 is a hell of a lot more expensive than anything the ACT can offer.

Aeek 10:47 pm 23 Oct 09

dvaey said :

Interestingly, NSW and ACT are the only states that vary registration fees depending on the weight of the vehicle.

WA is totally about the weight of the vehicle.

deezagood 7:37 pm 23 Oct 09

It’s a Kluger, seven seats, filled to capacity most of the time. Not premium fuel and reasonable economy compared to the Territory and others in its class. I am certainly guilty of driving a big heavy car, but we use every inch of it and couldn’t downsize.

cranky 6:58 pm 23 Oct 09

#23.

The business vehicle is a Commodore wagon. Over 1500Kg, so business rego=$1103.00. Same as the guy over the road with his 3500Kg 4WD. Methinks TAMS will not be re-visiting the weight breaks in any hurry. When you can screw this much out of the common fleet, why would you change it?

I did a quick check of quotes for CTP ACT/NSW. Using my postcode (which covers both sides of the border), the diference was over $100PA for the same vehicle. The NRMA is making a killing, and seem to receive automatic approval for increases by the local Gov. There seems to be a very cosy relationship, where the NRMA ‘contribute’ funds to various road safety campaigns, and the Gov rubber stamp any price increase they request.

I am puzzled as to why other insurance companies have not jumped at offering CTP insurance. Have our local NRMA loving pollies somehow made the business commercially unviable for additional players? CTP in Queanbeyan is well covered by the major players.

Can someone on the inside throw some light on this?

AndyC 6:23 pm 23 Oct 09

I find the situation here in the ACT absolutely obsurd. Having moved here from another state where there was no choice of CTP provider, and with *much* cheaper rego, I can only assume someone somewhere is sorting themselves out a nice retirement.

I also find it a little strange that rego here is based on car weight. It makes much more sense to base rego on the amount of cylinders in the cars engine – thus encouraging people to drive smaller cars that are more environmentally friendly.

dvaey 5:41 pm 23 Oct 09

deezagood said :

Thoroughly Smashed said :

You could drive a vehicle that weighs less than 1505kg, that’ll save you at least $120 a year…

I can’t – we tow a boat, car pool with a bunch of people and often ferry tonnes of kids about the place.

I drive a 4-cyl 4wd 5-seater ute, with tare weight of under 1300kg, and has no problems towing a campervan with a boat on the roofracks. I presume with that much weight, youve also got a V8 or turbo V6, probably running on premium fuel too? Unless youre hauling commercial goods or need to move more than half a dozen people, theres no reason why youd need such a large heavy vehicle, other than by choice.. and if its by choice, then youve no-one else to blame for the weight bracket your vehicle fits into other than yourself.

Clown Killer 3:55 pm 23 Oct 09

The ACT has always been the most expensive in Australia, why do you think you see so many vehicles on our roads with Victorian or NSW rego?

I’m guessing that ‘always’ must have started sometime after 1990.

deezagood 3:22 pm 23 Oct 09

Thoroughly Smashed said :

I was going to ask what on earth you drive that costs $850 to register, but having checked the RegoACT website it seems the costs have gone up since I last paid.

You could drive a vehicle that weighs less than 1505kg, that’ll save you at least $120 a year…

I can’t – we tow a boat, car pool with a bunch of people and often ferry tonnes of kids about the place.

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