Victorian government abolishes registration stickers for light vehicles

The Victorian government has announced plans to abolish registration stickers for light vehicles, beginning on January 1 2014.

As part of the Victorian government's attempts to reduce the amount of red tape currently burdening Victorians, premier Denis Napthine and road minister Terry Mulder announced today (June 3) that the physical registration sticker will be finished from next year.

This will bring Victoria into line with most other states, who have either already abolished the stickers or are in the process of doing so.

"Registration labels were first introduced in the 1920s. There are now smarter and better ways of proving registration than a sticker, that will make things simpler for drivers," said Dr Napthine.

She went on to state that while replacing the sticker annually was an inconvenience for normal road users, fleet companies stood to make massive savings.

"When you operate a business with dozens or even hundreds of vehicles, there is a significant cost involved in time and effort to change over registration labels every year."

This is good news for fleet managers and anyone involved with fleet maintenance, as it will help to reduce unnecessary amounts of time being spent on vehicle registration - which could end up saving business money in the long term.

While road users will still have to register their vehicles, checks will now occur online on the VicRoads website.

Mr Mulder said that the high uptake of online users was one of the reasons behind the decision to get rid of registration stickers.

“In South Australia, more than one million people used the smart phone app to check registration and more than 16,000 people a month now renew their registration via their smart phone - which is more than a busy metropolitan customer service centre," said Mr Mulder.

The abolition of registration stickers will apply to all light vehicles, including trailers, that weigh up to 4.5 tonnes.