Rego sticker hassles out the window

REGION - Victorian drivers will soon start receiving their registration renewal notices without the traditional stickers, as the abolition of the label to cut red tape comes into effect, Minister for Roads Terry Mulder said today.

Mr Mulder said rego stickers were abolished as of January 1 for all light vehicles, bringing Victoria into line with most other Australian states.

"This means when the annual registration renewal letter arrives in the mail, it will no longer contain an adhesive label," Mr Mulder said.

"Gone is the yearly chore of ripping off the old registration sticker, struggling to rid the window of gummy, sticky residue and replacing it with a new sticker.

"Registration stickers were introduced in the 1920s and they've been overtaken by technology."

Mr Mulder said all Victorian motorists will still be sent registration renewal certificates, as they always have been, to remind them to pay their registration.

The abolition of the labels was announced by Premier Denis Napthine in July 2013 as part of the Government's commitment to reducing red tape.

The scrapping of the traditional stickers will save Victorians, particularly operators of company vehicles, an estimated $19.5 million each year in lost time and inconvenience.

"While all motorists benefit from the time saving of not having to peel off and replace stickers each year, there will be significant cost reductions to businesses which operate a fleet of company vehicles and have to coordinate for the changeover of labels," Mr Mulder said.

"Nothing will change in terms of the notification that registration is due, however we know that more and more people prefer to pay and check their registration online."

Two million people each year use the vehicle registration enquiry tool on the VicRoads website, where vehicle owners can check their registration at any time.

Drivers can visit the VicRoads website and enter their number plate to check when their registration will expire. While the search will also provide other details including make, model and colour of the vehicle, no personal details are provided on the website.

You can check your vehicle's registration status by entering the registration plate details online at www.http://vre.vicroads.vic.gov.au

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