Surge in rego lapse fines
LISMORE State MP Thomas George is concerned at the surge in the number of constituents being fined for their vehicle registrations having lapsed.
Mr George said on his social media page, over the past few months he had received an increase in representations from pensioners whose vehicle registrations had lapsed unknowingly and they were subsequently fined.
The penalty for driving an unregistered light vehicle is $637 in NSW and $1346 and four demerit points for a heavy vehicle.
Car registration stickers were phased out in 2013 after a State Government review found they were not a reliable indicator vehicles were registered.
NRMA spokesman Peter Khoury said the upsurge in fines coincided with new police technology that provided a more efficient detection mechanism.
Mr Khoury said police could now assess six cars a second, which alerted them to non-registered vehicles.
“It was three years ago and most people are very much used to paying for their bills electronically and this is no different to that,” he said.
Check your registration status at www.service.nsw .gov.au/transaction/check -vehicle-registration.