The Motor Trade Association of South Australia has welcomed the announcement from the Liberal party that they would reintroduce registration stickers as a priority if elected on March 15.
MTA spokesperson Liam Hunt said that a reintroduction of registration stickers would be great for South Australian motorists and the automotive service and repair industry.
“There has been an increase in the number of motorists caught driving unregistered vehicles since the abolition of registration stickers in July of 2011,” Mr Hunt said.
“And many of these individuals have been caught unintentionally driving unregistered vehicles as they relied on their registration sticker as a reminder to pay their bill by the due date.”
Mr Hunt acknowledged there were other ways to check the expiry date of a vehicle’s registration.
“While there are other mechanisms for checking the registration status of a vehicle, for many the sticker was a critical reminder and without it they simply fell through the gap and had to pay the price of a hefty fine,” he said.
“Having the stickers back as a visual reminder would be much easier than checking online or relying on the customer to prove their vehicle’s registration.”
State Liberal leader Steven Marshall said residents across South Australia have been asking for the stickers to be returned.
“We have listened to South Australians and we will be reintroducing car registration stickers as a matter of priority if we are elected in 11 days’ time,” Mr Marshall said.
“South Australians have been telling us that the stickers are a useful way to check if a vehicle is registered and also a reminder to renew their registration.
“We need to remember that not every person has a smart phone to check the registration of their car or a car they are about to drive.”
The new stickers, which will be provided to motorists who register their vehicle for three or twelve months, will include a road safety message similar to boat registration stickers.
Motorists who choose not to display their registration sticker will not be penalised.