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Cheaper licences for safer drivers

By johnboy - 3 June 2013 35

Andrew Barr and Simon Corbell have the symbolic news that the ACT’s shaming ritual of sending people into the motor registry on major birthdays for licence renewal will at least be cheaper for driver who don’t get caught:

“The government made a commitment before the election last year to reward motorists who demonstrated a clean driving record. I am very pleased to be able to announce we are now delivering on that promise for drivers of the ACT,” Mr Corbell said.

“Based on current fees, this initiative will see the fee reduced by almost $32.00 for a five year licence, which is a great incentive for drivers to continue their clean driving record.

Under the initiative, all full licence holders who have attracted no demerit points and traffic infringement notices on their ACT driver licence for at least the last five years will be eligible for the discount.

“This means if you maintain a blemish free licence for five years you will be rewarded by the government for helping keep our roads across the Territory safe. Currently there are approximately 61% of the ACT driver licence holders who could be eligible for this discount.

“Provisional licence holders who have attracted no demerit points and no traffic infringement notices when progressing to a full driver licence will be eligible.

“The discount will not apply to National Heavy Vehicle Licence holders and interstate/overseas drivers transferring their licence to the ACT. Concession card holders already received a discount.

“It is important to note that the discount will only apply if the driver licence is renewed within 6 months following the expiry date.

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Cheaper licences for safer drivers
OLydia 8:34 pm 03 Jun 13

wow, pity the license fee will rise by about $32 the next time I need to renew my licence.

IrishPete 7:49 pm 03 Jun 13

Genie said :

detached_dingleberry said :

The fee should be based on how much you earn. It’s not fair that people on lower incomes pay the same as those who are ‘more fortunate’.

Seriously ?.. Are you trolling ?

Should people on higher incomes have to pay more for bread and milk too ?

Let them eat cake…

The bread and mil comparison is silly. They are not taxes. The licence fee is a tax. Many taxes are different for different income levels. So why not a licence fee? However, the ACT Government can’t check your income the way the ATO can (or tries to) so it would probably have to be linked to a pension card. Oh hang on, they already get discounts. http://www.assistance.act.gov.au/adult/fees_and_fines/fees/drivers_licence_concessions

IP

Tetranitrate 7:11 pm 03 Jun 13

detached_dingleberry said :

The fee should be based on how much you earn. It’s not fair that people on lower incomes pay the same as those who are ‘more fortunate’.

7/10
Good solid effort there.

If they started handing out a 20% reduction on the cost of rego for good drivers I’d be a bit more inclined to be cheerful about it.
$32 of of something you only have to pay for once every 5 years is the definition of trivial.

MrPC 6:59 pm 03 Jun 13

NSW has a similar scheme for safe drivers.

I transferred my license to NSW 5 years ago and it had a full 5 year run (it was a Victorian 10 year license that was 4 years in). I was all set to enjoy the $81 discount on my license renewal a month ago until it was pointed out that 4 years ago my license was transferred into the ACT for 6 months. As I had not held a NSW drivers license continuously for 5 years, I was ineligible for the discount, despite having not had so much as a parking ticket during that 5 years.

Apparently moving to the ACT (and then back to civilization in Queanbeyan) briefly makes me an unsafe driver.

Genie 6:37 pm 03 Jun 13

detached_dingleberry said :

The fee should be based on how much you earn. It’s not fair that people on lower incomes pay the same as those who are ‘more fortunate’.

Seriously ?.. Are you trolling ?

Should people on higher incomes have to pay more for bread and milk too ?

m00nee 6:34 pm 03 Jun 13

detached_dingleberry said :

The fee should be based on how much you earn. It’s not fair that people on lower incomes pay the same as those who are ‘more fortunate’.

My sarcasm meter must be playing up. I can’t tell if you are being serious or not,

detached_dingleberry 1:48 pm 03 Jun 13

The fee should be based on how much you earn. It’s not fair that people on lower incomes pay the same as those who are ‘more fortunate’.

jase! 1:14 pm 03 Jun 13

ummm, why not heavy vehicle licence holders too? or isn’t it important i drive safely anymore?

Gerry-Built 12:16 pm 03 Jun 13

(ie every 5th year is free)

Gerry-Built 12:15 pm 03 Jun 13

to be fair; it *IS* a 20% discount…

m00nee 12:14 pm 03 Jun 13

So if you are a good driver for 5 years you get a $6 a year discount on your licence? I’m sure the Queanbeyan residents are at least able to cope with the extra $5 they pay for a 5 year licence with the minor detail that their “Fair go for Safe Drivers” scheme gives people a 50% discount on their drivers licence renewal. Oh, and did I mention the ~$200 cheaper third party insurance?

HiddenDragon 12:04 pm 03 Jun 13

Wow, this is almost too exciting for words – that’s the same as 800 litres bought with a 4 cent voucher – can’t wait for the next significant birthday to come around! In time, the same concept might flow through to third party insurance, but maybe that would be just too complicated and costly.

c_c™ 11:52 am 03 Jun 13

What a useless croc.

devils_advocate 11:41 am 03 Jun 13

Rollersk8r said :

So for a potential saving of $6 per year we will have much lower rates of infringements and accidents? Doubt it.

This just proves that, at least on RA, people will find something to complain about even when the policy is reasonably sensible.

Nobody was suggesting it is intended to change behaviour. It was stated to be a reward for good driving that has already occurred.

FFS.

Rollersk8r 11:31 am 03 Jun 13

So for a potential saving of $6 per year we will have much lower rates of infringements and accidents? Doubt it.

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