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What fees and charges are going up in the new financial year?

By johnboy - 29 June 2011 6

1 July is coming up fast and Territory And Municipal Services are warning of things they’re going to charge more for.

Annual fees for Tidbinbilla are going up to support the record numbers of visitors they’re getting.
Waste and recycling fees are also nudging up

But what else is going up? Over to you hivemind. It’s your chance to show us how clever you are.

What’s Your opinion?


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What fees and charges are going up in the new financial year?
Mysteryman 11:19 am 30 Jun 11

2604 said :

Sorry Innovation, but your first and last ideas are no good.

Charging more rego for driving bigger cars is discriminatory and effectively penalising people for choosing a certain type of car – not far from telling people what to drive. I doubt that the extra wear and tear on roads caused by a 1800kg vehicle vs a 1400kg vehicle can ever be quantified in dollar terms. Also, people movers tend to be pretty heavy, so the government’s instinctive pandering to “working families” would kick in and it would can the idea pretty quickly.

Have you paid registration before? Rego costs are calculated by the weight of the vehicle. See here: http://www.rego.act.gov.au/registrations/regofee.htm

Mysteryman 10:25 am 30 Jun 11

Innovation said :

Progressively (ie over the next few years) bigger increases to rego fees for heavier and/or larger vehicles. I don’t think current costs cover the increased wear and tear on roads (caused by the extra weight) nor do the current costs cover the extra ground space needed in traffic and carparks. If the cost increase is eventually big enough it might even encourage me to downsize my own car.

Increased fines and monitoring for driving offences provided that the revenue raised from ALL driving offences is pre committed and demonstrated to be for specific new services or infrastructure (and not just added to the “pot”).

Introduction of E tag style fees on certain roads (provided again that the revenue is clearly demonstrated to support specific new services or infrastructure). Eg, $1 on the Parkway, Parkes Way, GDE (when it’s finished) or Northbourne (around the city in peak hour) might not be a huge hit to many drivers and it could help pay for something like the Majura Parkway. It might even get NSW residents to help contribute towards something that they would benefit from in the long run.

I can’t imagine anyone paying to use the parkway. Haha. I’m laughing at the thought of that.

Innovation 7:45 am 30 Jun 11

#3 2604 – According to #2 lexyliz I’ve misunderstood the post so may be my comments were pointless anyway.

Isn’t there already a small penalty for heavier cars? Another small increase wouldn’t be so bad would it? I agree with you though that there would be an increasing issue for families, the disabled and tradies. But 1800kg inevitably does do more damage than 1400kg or an even smaller car (eg sub 1000kg). Also you didn’t address the cost that car parks need to be bigger to accomodate cars with bigger footprints.

I know that road tolls are usually user pays after a road is built but why (and the ACT probably doesn’t have the population to support such a system anyway)? Currently if the ACT Government wants to build something such as a road they pre commit funds, however, us taxpayers don’t know where the money has come from. Wouldn’t it be better to know where money was sourced to fund specific infrastructure? If that means a particular fee or toll for an unrelated or indirectly related activity then why not?

What the fees or taxes are then committed to is another question. For example, whether one agrees with the Majura Parkway or not, wouldn’t it be funny if, when someone gets a speeding ticket, the ticket states at the bottom that their fine will be going directly towards the construction of the Parkway? I can think of a recent RA poster on another thread who would get very upset at making such a voluntary contribution.

2604 8:15 pm 29 Jun 11

Sorry Innovation, but your first and last ideas are no good.

Charging more rego for driving bigger cars is discriminatory and effectively penalising people for choosing a certain type of car – not far from telling people what to drive. I doubt that the extra wear and tear on roads caused by a 1800kg vehicle vs a 1400kg vehicle can ever be quantified in dollar terms. Also, people movers tend to be pretty heavy, so the government’s instinctive pandering to “working families” would kick in and it would can the idea pretty quickly.

The idea behind toll roads is user pays. Your solution would only be equitable if the gov’t built the Majura Parkway and then tolled people subsequently using that road. Placing toll plazas on roads like Tuggeranong P’way and Northbourne would penalise users of those roads to the advantage of Majura Parkway users and would lead to increased rat-running by tightarses wanting to avoid the toll. A congestion charge levied on people entering Civic by private car would be a better idea, but would get shouted down by the government’s QIC overlords who make a motza from parking every day.

Your second idea has some merit though. A $200 fine for travelling in the right lane without overtaking would raise enough revenue on the Tugg Parkway alone to fund building the Majura Parkway, enclosing Canberra Stadium, basing an AFL team in Canberra, and all of the ACT Governments other insane fantasies.

lexyliz 4:04 pm 29 Jun 11

Innovation said :

Progressively (ie over the next few years) bigger increases to rego fees for heavier and/or larger vehicles. I don’t think current costs cover the increased wear and tear on roads (caused by the extra weight) nor do the current costs cover the extra ground space needed in traffic and carparks. If the cost increase is eventually big enough it might even encourage me to downsize my own car.

Increased fines and monitoring for driving offences provided that the revenue raised from ALL driving offences is pre committed and demonstrated to be for specific new services or infrastructure (and not just added to the “pot”).

Introduction of E tag style fees on certain roads (provided again that the revenue is clearly demonstrated to support specific new services or infrastructure). Eg, $1 on the Parkway, Parkes Way, GDE (when it’s finished) or Northbourne (around the city in peak hour) might not be a huge hit to many drivers and it could help pay for something like the Majura Parkway. It might even get NSW residents to help contribute towards something that they would benefit from in the long run.

I think the question was what other fees are you aware of that are actually being raised from 1 July, not what fees would you raise in fantasyland.

Personally I don’t think introducing a fee to recycle large televisions is such a great idea and is likely to lead to even more dumping around charity bins / construction sites / by the side of the road etc.

Innovation 3:48 pm 29 Jun 11

Progressively (ie over the next few years) bigger increases to rego fees for heavier and/or larger vehicles. I don’t think current costs cover the increased wear and tear on roads (caused by the extra weight) nor do the current costs cover the extra ground space needed in traffic and carparks. If the cost increase is eventually big enough it might even encourage me to downsize my own car.

Increased fines and monitoring for driving offences provided that the revenue raised from ALL driving offences is pre committed and demonstrated to be for specific new services or infrastructure (and not just added to the “pot”).

Introduction of E tag style fees on certain roads (provided again that the revenue is clearly demonstrated to support specific new services or infrastructure). Eg, $1 on the Parkway, Parkes Way, GDE (when it’s finished) or Northbourne (around the city in peak hour) might not be a huge hit to many drivers and it could help pay for something like the Majura Parkway. It might even get NSW residents to help contribute towards something that they would benefit from in the long run.

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