Freeze rego and eliminate stamp duty

The State’s peak motoring body has renewed its call for a freeze on rego fees and the elimination of stamp duty on new cars to help relieve financial pressure on Queensland drivers.

RACQ’s Head of Public Policy Dr Rebecca Michael said COVID-19 economic woes were being felt by Queensland households and urged politicians to act in the lead up to the 31 October election. 

“Owning and running a car in Queensland is incredibly expensive, with the State having one of the highest costs in the country,” Dr Michael said. 

“We’re calling on the State Government to ease some of the financial burden for drivers already struggling in today’s climate and freeze in registration increases for three years. 

“In a recent survey Queenslanders told us they’re already paying $1300 per household to keep their cars on the road. No one can afford to see that price increase.”

Dr Michael said financial uncertainty due to the pandemic had also impacted new car sales.

“While this is beginning to bounce back, many Queenslanders are reducing their debt levels by trading in higher priced models and choosing to buy a used car instead of a new car,” she said.

“New models often have better safety features, so it is preferable for drivers to be in the safest car they can afford – which is why we want to see politicians commit to eliminating stamp duty on new cars.

“Queenslanders have long paid too much to keep their cars in good condition and on the road and the current state of the world has only compounded that pressure. It’s time for our leaders to step in and offer real relief to drivers’ bottom line.”