Zac Luke was hit with fines of almost $3000 for an unregistered vehicle.
Zac Luke was hit with fines of almost $3000 for an unregistered vehicle. Warren Lynam

Facing $3000 in fines for forgetting to renew rego

A TRIP to the mechanics took an unexpected downward turn for Zac Luke when he discovered not only was his car unregistered, but he had racked up thousands of dollars in fines.

The 23-year-old had moved to Mountain Creek from Emerald in April last year.

He had forgotten to change his address with the Department of Transport and Main Roads.

His annual renewal notice did not reach him and Mr Luke said it was not something that had crossed his mind.

"I went to the transport department in Nambour and collected some paperwork and I was just about to leave when she calls me back to the counter and said she had seen I had some fines. While driving, some cameras, had picked up my license plate as being unregistered," he said.

"So now I also had $3000 worth of fines.

"As you can imagine I was pretty shocked.

Warren Lynam

A TMR spokesperson said there were three fixed Automated Number Plate Recognition cameras on the Sunshine Coast, located at Burpengary, Narangba and Yandina, which have been operational since late 2014.

The system only issued one unregistered and one uninsured Penalty Infringement Notice (PIN) per week, regardless of how many times a vehicle passes ANPR cameras.

A PIN is only issued once a vehicle has been unregistered for more than 30 days and warning notices are issue beforehand.

But with the warnings being sent to Mr Luke's former address in Emerald, they were not being received.

Thankfully, Mr Luke had enough savings to pay the fines.

As he told people about his situation, Mr Luke began to hear of others who had found themselves in the same boat since registration stickers had been abolished.

"A lot of people are getting caught, but like them at the end of the day, it's my fault so I can't be too angry as it was my mistake."

Although his address had changed, Mr Luke's mobile phone number and email address were still current and he was surprised he was not contacted through those means.

Is it harder to remember when your rego is due now rego stickers are not in use?

This poll ended on 29 February 2016.

Current Results

Yes. It was handy having that little reminder every time I got in the car.

60%

No. It's just like paying any other bill.

32%

It would be handy if you moved and forget to update your address.

7%

This is not a scientific poll. The results reflect only the opinions of those who chose to participate.

RACQ spokesperson Renee Smith said while Mr Luke's situation was regrettable, it all came down to personal responsibility.

"We don't have registration stickers on our cars any more as a visual reminder, but that bill is important, so mark it on your calendar or put a reminder in your phone if you are concerned you might miss the renewal date."

A TMR spokesperson said they had not seen a significant increase in the number of unregistered vehicles on our roads since the removal of registration labels, but that the Queensland Rego Check mobile app could help those wanting to check their registration.



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