Rego label relief for trucking industry

The Australian Trucking Association says the removal of registration labels is expected to save the trucking industry millions

Rego label relief for trucking industry
Sticky business. No more registration labels required in NSW, Queensland and the ACT


The Australian Trucking Association (ATA) has welcomed the July 1 abolition of truck registration labels in three more states, which it says will ultimately save the trucking industry millions of dollars a year.

Trucking operators in New South Wales, Queensland and the ACT will now no longer be required to display registration labels. Victoria will follow suit from October 1 2018.

"The abolition of registration labels will deliver a valuable saving to the trucking industry in terms of both time and money," ATA Chair Geoff Crouch says.

In 2017, the ATA surveyed 112 trucking operators to identify the key costs associated with registration labels. These included administrative time burdens, the time needed to change labels, and the cost of registration label holders.

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"The research showed a cost saving to trucking operators of $15 million per year," Crouch says.

"Using this evidence, we were able to convince governments of the value of removing the labels."

"But we’re not going to stop there. The next step is for governments to allow truck registration to be paid monthly by direct debit or credit card. This would smooth the cashflow of small trucking businesses.

"Monthly registrations are already working in well in South Australia, where the option is available for both light and heavy vehicles," Crouch says.

Western Australia abolished truck registration labels in 2016, with Tasmania and South Australia following in 2017.

The NT will retain registration labels due to its remote conditions.

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