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Queensland registration stickers to be phased out.

14 October 2015

IT'S that 10 minute annual chore that has earned the ire of most Queensland motorists.

But the Newman Government is tearing up more than 80 years of tradition that requires drivers to apply new stickers to their windscreen every 12 months.

Transport Minister Scott Emerson will today unveil plans to begin phasing out registration stickers on the family car and all other light vehicles.

The decision will be applauded by the owners of the 4.4 million vehicles registered in Queensland that weigh less than 4.5 tonnes.

From next month, the final annual cycle of new stickers will begin being applied across Queensland before they are no longer issued from October 2014.

"Using a kitchen knife to pry off an old label and trying to stick on the new label without bubbles will be a thing of the past,'' Mr Emerson told The Sunday Mail.

"Abolishing labels will also benefit delivery companies and car rental companies with large vehicle fleets."

And while the end of registration stickers will save time - and the odd temper tantrum when the application goes awry - the saving for taxpayers will be significant.

"This will bring Queensland into line with most other Australian states which have already gone stickerless," Mr Emerson said.

"It will mean a more efficient and effective method of registering vehicles and save up to $3.5 million a year in postage and printing costs."

Registration labels were first introduced in Queensland in 1932.

This was the same year Ford unveiled its first V8 engine and freshly-elected Queensland Premier William Forgan Smith ordered a motoring bridge be built across the Brisbane River to alleviate congestion, which was eventually named Story Bridge.

But advances in technology mean police and transport authorities can now readily use number plate recognition to detect unregistered vehicles rather rely on citing the correct colour sticker on a vehicle's front windscreen.

"The key issue in making this decision was to be satisfied that there will not be an increase in the number of unregistered vehicles in Queensland," Mr Emerson said.

"The experience in other states shows that if this is carefully implemented and enforced there won't be any change in vehicle registration numbers."

And while getting hit in the hip pocket for failing to affix the sticker will become obsolete, drivers will still face that equally unpopular chore, paying a fine, for failing to register their vehicle.

That will still cost $800.

The Courier-Mail

September 15, 2013


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