Qld Govt will waive some fees for flood victims

The damaged remains of a cattle crush and ramp on a property in Upper Widgee. These had been fully replaced after the 2011 floods.
The damaged remains of a cattle crush and ramp on a property in Upper Widgee. These had been fully replaced after the 2011 floods.

FLOOD victims facing overdue registration bills or costly licence replacements have been served a reprieve with the State Government offering to waive burdensome fees.

Queenslanders unable to reach Transport and Main Road offices because of the state's flood crisis will be able to apply for three-month vehicle registration periods as well as the usual six or 12 month options.

The State Government will also wipe the administration fee for people who pay their registration late and will replace lost or damaged driver licences free of charge.

The reprieves will only apply to residents living or with a vehicle garaged in disaster declared areas, including Bundaberg, the Sunshine Coast, Gympie, the Fraser Coast, Toowoomba and Gladstone.

Transport and Main Roads Minister Scott Emerson said the measures would assist people focused on re-building lives.

"These are exceptional circumstances and I understand many people are doing it really tough right now," Mr Emerson said.

"Help is there for those who need it, but I must stress these measures do not make it legal to drive an unregistered vehicle or drive while unlicensed.

"This emergency relief will allow drivers who are isolated by flood waters or have no or limited phone and web access to complete their transactions at a time in which it is safe to do so."

Transport and Main Road office closures have also hampered people's ability to tend to their transport related business.

Customer service centres in Ipswich, Gympie, Maryborough and Hervey Bay have been reopened after sustain damage in the last week's wild weather.

However, the Toowoomba TMR centre is still closed.

The motorist relief was also put forward by the former Labor Government following the 2011 flood disaster.

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