A crash involving a car and a B-double caused extensive traffic delays on the Ipswich Motorway yesterday afternoon (20-12-13). Photo: David Nielsen / The Queensland Times
A crash involving a car and a B-double caused extensive traffic delays on the Ipswich Motorway yesterday afternoon (20-12-13). Photo: David Nielsen / The Queensland Times David Nielsen

COMMENT: Rego stickers had their good points

SIT in the Ipswich Magistrates Court on any given weekday and you'll soon realise that an awful lot of people get caught out for not paying their car registration.

Even in the days of the rego sticker, it was all-too-common to watch someone stand before the magistrate and try to explain that they never received the renewal notice in the mail.

Call it an explanation, or an excuse; either way it never worked. You generally cop the same fine for being ignorant as you do for flat out refusing to pay.

With that in mind, it's no surprise to find that the advent of the stickerless system has done nothing to stem the flow.

The figures speak for themselves; an additional 10,000 Queensland drivers caught driving unregistered in the first year that the new system was introduced.

It seems pretty clear to me that the changes were not brought about with the idea of reducing the workload on police and the courts - or the burden on Queenslanders who might suffer the odd bout of forgetfulness.

What it has done is saved the State Government some money, while also increasing the revenue raised through fines.

Andrew Korner,

acting editor



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