Gold Coasters have been slugged with a rise in both licence and car registration fees of 3.5 per cent – almost double the rate of inflation.
It’s prompted Queensland’s peak motoring group, the RACQ, to call for the State Government to start “putting the brakes on vehicle registration charges on private-use vehicles for three years.
The RACQ’s Renee Smith said local motorists had every right to be frustrated.
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“We called on the State Government to ease the financial pressures on drivers by putting the brakes on vehicle registration charges on private-use vehicles for three years,” she said.
“From 2019-20 increases in registration and driver licence fees will be capped at [the consumer price index] but for many this is a case of too little too late,” said Ms Smith.
The cost of car registration in Queensland has increased from $288.20 to $298.30 for cars with three cylinders or less, and from $717.50 to $742.65 for vehicles with 7 or 8 cylinders [see what your car will cost to register here].
Meanwhile drivers licence fees are now as high $76.25 per year.