THE COST of a driver's licence may not seem like a lot.
But for those on a tight budget, any reduction in its cost is a plus.
If motorists have had a good driving record for the last five years, they can now benefit from the "fair go for safe drivers" incentive.
Nationals Member for Tweed Geoff Provest together with NSW Roads Minister Duncan Gay have announced that around 2.1 million drivers will be eligible for the cheaper licence out of 4.3 million unrestricted licence holders in NSW.
"Safe motorists, who obey the law, stick to the speed limits and do the right thing, should be rewarded for their contribution to road safety," Mr Provest said.
"Each year, hundreds of people are killed on NSW roads due to risky behaviours.
"This is a way we can reward good drivers and encourage other drivers with an incentive where they can save up to $81."
Kingscliff resident "Robyn" is unemployed and thinks the new initative is a great incentive for motorists.
"For me, every dollar counts," she said.
"I tend to forget about licence renewal till it jumped up in my face.
"Then you have to come up with the cost out of the blue.
"It's also a lot of money for five years if you are not working."
The 50 per cent discount will apply whether the licence is renewed for one, three or five years.
A similar scheme has been operating successfully in Victoria since 2006, which allows for a 25 per cent reduction in the licence fee.
"We are leading the way with the 50 per cent decrease which is great news for NSW motorists," Mr Gay said.
NSW motorists whose licence expires on and from 1 July this year are eligible for the discounted licence fee.
Drivers must also have no relevant offences recorded on their licence during the five years leading up to the renewal date.
"We hope this scheme prompts more people to do the right thing and ultimately help lower the road toll," Mr Gay said.
Provisional (P1 and P2) licence holders are not eligible for the discount, however time without relevant offences while holding a P1 or P2 licence will be counted towards the five-year eligibility period once they've progressed to an unrestricted licence.
From 1 July 2012 unrestricted driver licence renewal fees are $52 for one year, $122 for three years and $162 for five years.
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