Greg Boettcher with his last box of vehicle licence plates.
Greg Boettcher with his last box of vehicle licence plates.

Flood disaster for new rego plates

AN IPSWICH car dealer said he has grave concerns that his stock of car registration plates will run out by the end of the week.

Greg Boettcher, general manager of Ian Boettcher Motors, said he was worried because customers who have purchased new cars won’t be able to pick up their vehicles until the plates arrive.

Mr Boettcher said car dealers across Ipswich and Brisbane had been frantically calling each other to see if anyone had spare plates to give to dealers with low stock.

An Ipswich resident who works at a Brisbane dealer, told The Queensland Times that there were genuine fears the shortage, caused by the plate manufacturing plant being hit by the floods, could badly affect car dealerships’ bottom line.

Transport and Main Roads said there was not a problem, claiming the plates would not run out, but Mr Boettcher said he did not know when the next box of plates would arrive.

“It has the ability to really affect our business – if we can’t deliver cars because we don’t have the plates, people won’t want to pay us,” he said.

“Manufacturers won’t be happy either because we won’t be delivering enough of their product.

“Every dealership is concerned. We just don’t want our customers to be affected by this.”

He said his business usually delivers between 10 and 15 cars a day on average and employs a full-time registrations clerk.

Mr Boettcher said it was also a concern for his sales staff, with their commissions already down last month because of the floods.

A Transport and Main Roads spokesperson said while there was some impact due to flooding, standard number plates would not run out.

“The manufacturer had a plan in place to deal with any interruptions to business and that has been implemented,” they said.



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