What's Behind The Jump in Fines for Unregistered Queensland Vehicles?

November 21, 2018


Road Safety


Richard Greenwood

New figures out today show you that fine for driving an unregistered vehicle in Queensland have jumped 25% in the last 3 years.

At first sight this might seem like an unusually large jump but there are some reasons behind it.  Around 4 years ago the Queensland government phased out registration stickers on windscreens, as a result it's now much easier to forget when your rego is due. For the more organised this isn't an issue but when life gets hectic then it's easy to forget when your rego is due or overdue, especially if you are like me and have thousands of unread personal emails in your inbox.

Queensland car registration sticker

However the RACQ have pointed out the removal of stickers isn’t isn't the only reason for the increase in fines.

“Police now use Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) which makes it easier to catch unregistered vehicles, so if you’re not registered you will be caught – and this might account for some of the increase in fines,” RACQ spokesperson Clare Hunter said.

So what can you do to avoid being fined?

Here are few suggestions

  • Enroll in direct debit - you can set up a direct debit to pay every 3, 6 or 12 months to ensure you are always up to date. This is the best way to set and forget.
  • Sign up for email alerts with Queensland government online. Only useful if you keep a close eye on your emails.
  • Set a recurring reminder on your phone for two weeks before rego is due. Set it to reoccur each year or 6 months depending on how often you pay.
  • Choose annual registration instead of six monthly if you can afford to do so. This half the number of times you have to renew and therefore the chances of being without registration.
  • Go old school with a DIY reminder sticker. Create your own reminder with a sticker under your sun visor that you see each time you pull it down.

What's your take on this?

Do you think it's fair that the Queensland government has issued 25% more fines or do they need to give more leeway?

Richard Greenwood

Marketing Manager at Smith's Lawyers. Advocate for road safety and fan of technology that makes the roads or workplaces safer.


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