Leniency needed for late rego notices: RACQ

RACQ has called on the Department of Transport and Main Roads to be lenient on motorists who were sent registration notices late, after an issue with the finalisation of fees for 2020-21.

The Courier Mail reported 700,000 customers received registration renewal notices late and some customers were fined almost $1000 before their notice arrived.

RACQ spokesperson Paul Turner said motorists should not be punished when they were not given proper warning.

“Slapping motorists with hefty fines before their notice even showed up just isn’t fair,” Mr Turner said.

“We’re calling on the State Government to be lenient here and give motorists time to pay the bill after it’s received.

“We have some of the highest registration costs in the country and it’s a big hit to the household budget which is why notice is needed.”

Mr Turner also encouraged motorists to take charge and to set their own reminder about when their vehicle registration was due, as they were no longer posted a registration certificate in the mail.

“You’ll receive a registration notice about four weeks before your registration expires, but not a certificate,” he said.

“Setting up a reminder or a direct debit means there’s no way you’ll forget the payment.

“In Queensland, we have the option to pay monthly, every three months, six months or 12 months.

“You can also check your vehicle’s registration status by downloading the free QLD Rego Check App.”