RACQ calls on State Government to rethink rego rise

RACQ has renewed calls for a registration freeze, after an announcement today by the State Government fees were set to rise.

Queensland Treasurer Cameron Dick announced an annual increase of 1.8 percent would apply to vehicle registration from 1 July. 

RACQ spokesperson Paul Turner said while the Club was disappointed the State Government had not taken the opportunity to freeze registration increases, it was relieved this increase was based on the actual cost of inflation.

“The 1.8 percent increase is lower than previous years and we appreciate the Queensland Treasurer ending years of rego increases based on fake inflation figures,” Mr Turner said.

“But the reality is millions of Queenslanders are hurting financially due to COVID-19 and the last thing they need is increases to their household budget. 

“Motoring related state taxes and charges form one of the most significant pressures on family budgets and Queensland remains one of the most expensive places in the country to own and operate a car.” 

Mr Turner urged the Government to reconsider the increase and implement a three-year freeze on vehicle registration costs. 

“We understand and appreciate the challenges facing the Government at this time, however transport is essential for accessing employment, education and health,” he said.