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What happens if you don’t transfer interstate rego?

By longshanks 6 July 2012 25

Hey all – quick query for the hive mind…

We’re thinking about buying a car up in Sydney, which has 9 months NSW rego left. Now, as I understand it (never having bought a car interstate before) when you transfer rego to the ACT you can apply to the NSW RTA for a refund of the unused NSW rego.

Now if you fail to transfer interstate rego within 14 days you pay a $90 fine – but given that ACT rego is so damn expensive ($970 for this car, compared to about $470 in NSW), I would still end up a couple of hundred dollars ahead if I let the NSW rego expire before registering the car in the ACT.

I’m thinking it’s probably not worth the effort, but I’d be interested to know if there are any additional penalties for failing to transfer interstate rego, beyond a $90 late fee?


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rosscoact 10:47 am 08 Jul 12

screaming banshee said :

rosscoact said :

I moved to NSW from Queensand for work. My license ran out so I got a NSW license but continued to ride a Qld registered motorcycle.
Pulled over by cops, fined for unregistered and uninsured vehicle because it wasn’t registered in the state where my licence was held and I could not prove that I bought it less than two weeks before the offends. $100 fine for each offense 30 years ago, I believe it’s closer to $1000 for each offence now.

Did the whole thing start with “you ain’t from around here, are’ya boy?”

:-))

Elizabethany 10:22 am 08 Jul 12

screaming banshee said :

Elizabethany said :

From the ACT rego page: If you acquire, or become the operator of, an interstate vehicle, you must establish the vehicle registration in the ACT within one month of the purchase date. An establishment fee and duty is payable. (http://www.rego.act.gov.au/registrations/regobuyinginterstate.htm)

Tell that to all the hire companies that operate vic registered motor vehicles. I must say its a smart move on Victorias behalf, collecting registrations dues on thousands of vehicles that they do not have to maintain roads for.

Hire companies have a legal address where the cars are registered. The OP doesn’t.

screaming banshee 9:44 am 08 Jul 12

Elizabethany said :

From the ACT rego page: If you acquire, or become the operator of, an interstate vehicle, you must establish the vehicle registration in the ACT within one month of the purchase date. An establishment fee and duty is payable. (http://www.rego.act.gov.au/registrations/regobuyinginterstate.htm)

Tell that to all the hire companies that operate vic registered motor vehicles. I must say its a smart move on Victorias behalf, collecting registrations dues on thousands of vehicles that they do not have to maintain roads for.

screaming banshee 9:40 am 08 Jul 12

rosscoact said :

I moved to NSW from Queensand for work. My license ran out so I got a NSW license but continued to ride a Qld registered motorcycle.
Pulled over by cops, fined for unregistered and uninsured vehicle because it wasn’t registered in the state where my licence was held and I could not prove that I bought it less than two weeks before the offends. $100 fine for each offense 30 years ago, I believe it’s closer to $1000 for each offence now.

Did the whole thing start with “you ain’t from around here, are’ya boy?”

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