Car rego and driver's licence fees to increase
What you need to know:
- The cost of 12 months registration, not including CTP insurance, on a four-cylinder vehicle will increase by $11.90A six cylinder vehicle will cost $17.80 more and an eight-cylinder vehicle will increase by $24.25.
- Drivers licence fees will also increase by 3.5%.
- This means it will cost just over $350 without CTP, to register a four-cylinder car; over $500 for a six-cylinder vehicle and a over $700 for an eight-cylinder car.
AS Peter Stronge loads groceries into his work car, he knows businesses and families will be feeling the pinch when the cost of registering a car increases on July 1.
Mr Stronge manages Potter's Oceanside Motel and has two cars to register, one for personal use and one for business.
A Department of Transport and Main Roads spokesperson said yesterday the cost of registration fees would increase in line with the government indexation policy (GIP) of 3.5% from July 1.
That's almost three times the current inflation rate of 1.3%.
The increase comes on top of a 3.5% rego rise in July last year - the first in three years.
"It's certainly going up more than inflation," Mr Stronge said.
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"What it will do is add to costs, especially up north here, on food and other goods and services, and just at the moment we don't need that.
"We are trying to get a lot of little industries off the ground, like tourism and so on. Anything that affects that is going to affect this economy," he said.
Instead of raising car registration and insurance costs, Mr Stronge believes the government should be focussing on other things, especially in our region.
"The first thing I'd be suggesting is that they get a few infrastructure projects happening around the north. They could cut a bit of the red-tape for business too," he said.
Mr Stronge began managing the Potters Oceanside Motel as the region was starting to feel the effects of the mining downturn.
"With the present economic conditions around they could place a hold on increasing registration prices," he said.
"We are one of the states where unemployment went up, so you have a problem there with people finding it hard to make ends meet.
"I certainly wouldn't say there's a bundle of cash in everybody's pockets to cover daily needs.
"If you start putting them up another few per cent it's going to put some people to the wall."