Say goodbye to your rego sticker

johnboy 27 June 2013 52

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Simon Corbell is ramming home the point that from 1 July you won’t have a registration stickers in the windows of your cars.

“Registration labels will be scrapped for vehicles with a Gross Vehicle Mass of up to 4.5 tonnes which includes the majority of cars, light trailers, caravans, motorbikes and light buses on ACT roads,” Mr Corbell said.

“The ACT Government is committed to ensuring our processes are smoother and more convenient for the community.

“Abolishing registration labels will mean less time spent waiting at shopfronts, as registration payments can be made online, by telephone, mail, or through BPAY or Australia Post with no need to collect a label.

“All other aspects of the registration process will remain the same. Drivers will still receive registration certificates and renewal reminders will continue to be sent out approximately six weeks before the registration expires.

“Police are now able to use on-the-spot camera technology to check a vehicle’s registration status so the labels are no longer required.

Protective parents on the other hand won’t have a quick reference to see the cars their kids are getting in are legit.


UPDATE: There’s also a fact sheet.


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angrymonkey angrymonkey 10:57 pm 27 Jun 13

Does this mean the local council will ditch the $25 ‘administration fee’ for renewing registration for less than 12 months?

If the transaction is completed online and the very expensive plastic sticker doesnt need to be produced and mailed out, surely the cash grab will be dropped. Surely??. . . .

magiccar9 magiccar9 9:56 pm 27 Jun 13

cranky said :

So we will be required to carry an A5/A4 sized piece of paper in our wallet instead of a slip of plastic adhered to the windscreen? And this is progress?

Consider it lucky the paper isn’t hand written… After all it is the ACT Government….

cranky cranky 7:00 pm 27 Jun 13

So we will be required to carry an A5/A4 sized piece of paper in our wallet instead of a slip of plastic adhered to the windscreen? And this is progress?

c_c™ c_c™ 5:13 pm 27 Jun 13

Reprobate said :

“Technically required”? If you mean legally obliged, please say so and link to the relevant legislation. I think you’ll find that’s a requirement in the US but not here, where (as others have said) the preference is NOT to keep your papers in the car. Otherwise a dbag can steal the car and use the papers with a forged signature to sell it to a dealer or private seller.

BTW here’s the NSW explanation of their change to rego label laws – much more comprehensive than the ACT version:

http://www.rta.nsw.gov.au/registration/abolish_labels/index.html

Interesting that subsequent posters changed the word I used which was ‘have’ to words like ‘keep’ in the vehicle.
Not what I said.

Have the certificate in the vehicle when your using it, in your wallet ideally. Rego stickers do get stolen just like number plates do.

The advice in South Australia where they abolished stickers reflects this;

SA says “All police in Australia are able to access information about South Australian vehicle registration. Interstate jurisdictions have been advised that South Australian light vehicles are no longer required to display registration labels.”

However, they also advise:

“You should always retain your registration details certificate with payment receipt details.

The registration details certificate includes a tear-off section that can be kept in the glove box, as it contains no personal information or important vehicle identifiers.”

Hopefully the ACT will also include a special section that can safely be kept in the vehicle, but it not, I’d be keeping the certificate in my wallet if interstate. I wouldn’t rely on the interstate police being able to check the rego.

wildturkeycanoe wildturkeycanoe 4:53 pm 27 Jun 13

I can see this as a problem in the following example:

You are at a mate’s place, there is drinking to excess and people need a lift home. You oblige as the sober person but having no vehicle, they offer you your mate’s car. No sticker on the window but he assures you it is registered. Do you push the friendship by asking for registration papers? Do you take his word and go driving not knowing if it is true and then get collared by the red’n’blues for driving an unregistered and uninsured vehicle? Who has the time to get on the net via mobile [if you have access] and check every vehicle you may be asked to drive? I see the courts coming to grief with unawares people getting booked for simple mistakes that could have avoided by a simple piece of plastic.

Reprobate Reprobate 4:15 pm 27 Jun 13

c_c™ said :

You’re technically required to have the rego papers (the certificate which they will continue to send you under the new system and have always received) in the vehicle for checking if required anyway. The sticker is just a convenience for police and inspectors.

“Technically required”? If you mean legally obliged, please say so and link to the relevant legislation. I think you’ll find that’s a requirement in the US but not here, where (as others have said) the preference is NOT to keep your papers in the car. Otherwise a dbag can steal the car and use the papers with a forged signature to sell it to a dealer or private seller.

BTW here’s the NSW explanation of their change to rego label laws – much more comprehensive than the ACT version: http://www.rta.nsw.gov.au/registration/abolish_labels/index.html

harvyk1 harvyk1 2:38 pm 27 Jun 13

p1 said :

c_c™ said :

You’re technically required to have the rego papers (the certificate which they will continue to send you under the new system and have always received) in the vehicle for checking if required anyway. The sticker is just a convenience for police and inspectors.

Is this true? I was always taught that you should never leave the rego certificate in the car as it gives a potential thief the paper work needed to sell your car…?

They would require your signature to be able to actually sell your car. Which whilst can be done, it does come with the downside that once you’ve reported your car as stolen, when the would be thief or buyer takes the papers to the shopfront to transfer the rego, they have the location of the car and quite possible the person who stole it sitting in front of them.

p1 p1 2:11 pm 27 Jun 13

c_c™ said :

You’re technically required to have the rego papers (the certificate which they will continue to send you under the new system and have always received) in the vehicle for checking if required anyway. The sticker is just a convenience for police and inspectors.

Is this true? I was always taught that you should never leave the rego certificate in the car as it gives a potential thief the paper work needed to sell your car…?

Chop71 Chop71 2:03 pm 27 Jun 13

… they will make plenty of coin from punters who “forget”

c_c™ c_c™ 1:16 pm 27 Jun 13

Postalgeek said :

Anyone know if point to point cameras will be checking rego?

It’s been indicated that they have the capacity, would seem mad if they don’t use it.

Judging by the size of the server racks they’re installing to run the cameras, they’re planning on having more gear in the future. Heaps of space.

shirty_bear said :

““Removing registration labels brings the ACT in line with some other states across Australia”

… what about driving in other states where labels ARE required? One would like to think this has been sorted, but I’m loathe to make assumptions of common sense where gummint is concerned.

You’re technically required to have the rego papers (the certificate which they will continue to send you under the new system and have always received) in the vehicle for checking if required anyway. The sticker is just a convenience for police and inspectors.

p1 p1 1:08 pm 27 Jun 13

shirty_bear said :

““Removing registration labels brings the ACT in line with some other states across Australia”

… what about driving in other states where labels ARE required? One would like to think this has been sorted, but I’m loathe to make assumptions of common sense where gummint is concerned.

Good point. Will I be booked should I drive to VIC without a rego label?

bd84 bd84 12:48 pm 27 Jun 13

Osprey06 said :

bd84 said :

NSW has been quite smart and developed an app where you can check the status of your rego, set reminders and pay your rego renewal. Given the ACT’s rego system is ancient and probably dates back to the 1920s or somewhere thereabouts, I doubt we will see that here anytime soon..

There are enough pointless smartphone apps already. I get a bill, I schedule a payment – job done. Short of receiving an electronic bill (which doesn’t require an app), I don’t see that the system needs to be any more complex than that…

You now won’t have a label to remind yourself that the rego is coming up (even in advance of the 4 weeks or so notice you get with the letter. Also considering there have been some instances where the letters are sent late or get lost.

Having said that, just because there may be an app, doesn’t mean you would need to download it if you didn’t find it useful. I’m assuming you aren’t downloading the contents of the App Store onto your phone just because the apps exist…

Osprey06 Osprey06 12:11 pm 27 Jun 13

bd84 said :

NSW has been quite smart and developed an app where you can check the status of your rego, set reminders and pay your rego renewal. Given the ACT’s rego system is ancient and probably dates back to the 1920s or somewhere thereabouts, I doubt we will see that here anytime soon..

There are enough pointless smartphone apps already. I get a bill, I schedule a payment – job done. Short of receiving an electronic bill (which doesn’t require an app), I don’t see that the system needs to be any more complex than that…

p1 p1 11:54 am 27 Jun 13

NSW Rego Check

ACT Rego Check

I knew that NSW had a rego check website. When I looked a while back you still needed part of the VIN to check rego details in the ACT, but it appears now that the new system allows the checking simply by plate number.

buzz819 buzz819 11:48 am 27 Jun 13

https://rego.act.gov.au/regosoa/mobile/welcome.jsf

You can’t set for reminders, but you can see if your car or someone else’s is registered!

shirty_bear shirty_bear 11:34 am 27 Jun 13

““Removing registration labels brings the ACT in line with some other states across Australia”

… what about driving in other states where labels ARE required? One would like to think this has been sorted, but I’m loathe to make assumptions of common sense where gummint is concerned.

Mickeyau Mickeyau 11:32 am 27 Jun 13

About time, the technology has been around for ages.

Postalgeek Postalgeek 11:13 am 27 Jun 13

Anyone know if point to point cameras will be checking rego?

bd84 bd84 10:46 am 27 Jun 13

NSW has been quite smart and developed an app where you can check the status of your rego, set reminders and pay your rego renewal. Given the ACT’s rego system is ancient and probably dates back to the 1920s or somewhere thereabouts, I doubt we will see that here anytime soon..

p1 p1 10:41 am 27 Jun 13

Protective parents on the other hand won’t have a quick reference to see the cars their kids are getting in are legit.

That is certainly a point I had not considered.

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