New regulations for EV and hybrid car owners

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RACQ is urging electric or hybrid vehicle owners to ensure they have the correct labels attached to their cars before enforcement starts next month.
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Club spokesperson Lauren Ritchie said from 1 October anyone who owned an electric or hybrid vehicle built after January 2019 needed to have specialised EV labels attached to their car’s front and rear number plates.

“These vehicles can present a hazard to emergency services during crashes and rescue situations, so the labels allow responders to quickly identify if there’s an electric component and use specific safety procedures,” Ms Ritchie said.

“We don’t want drivers to get caught out, so those with an EV or hybrid need to make sure they have a blue triangular EV label, similar to the labels required on LPG fuelled vehicles, securely fitted to a clear space within the border of their plates.

“This will be enforced from October, but there will be a grace period until 1 January, where no fines or penalties will be given out, to allow drivers time to attach their labels. After that, drivers risk a $137.05 fine and one demerit point.”

Ms Ritchie said RACQ would offer the labels to members free of charge.

“If you’re a member and you have an EV or hybrid vehicle, you can collect these labels from your local RACQ store for free,” she said.

“If you’re not an RACQ member, you can buy the labels from the Motor Trades Association of Queensland and several other online sites, but make sure you check the labels are compliant with the specific requirements.

“There’s no mandatory method of fitting the labels to number plates, as long as they’re secured, but most labels will come with the option of double-sided adhesion or screws.

“If you’re buying a new or used electric or hybrid vehicle privately, or from a dealership, it’s best to talk to the seller about fitting the label, as the responsibility comes down to the registered owner.”

For more information on how to attach the labels, watch RACQ’s video demonstration.

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