Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2011 Week 14 Hansard (Thursday, 8 December 2011) . . Page.. 6088 ..
Motor vehicles—registration(Question No 1931)
Ms Bresnan asked the Attorney-General, upon notice, on 17 November 2011:
(1) What is the amount of money paid to the Government for vehicle registration fees in each of the last five years.
(2) How many individual registrations for private vehicles were paid and what number and percentage were paid late thus incurring the additional late fee cost.
(3) What factors are considered in the setting of registration fees and how do these factors relate to the costs of different vehicles.
Mr Corbell: The answer to the member’s question is as follows:
(1) 2006-07 = $71,429,952.18
2007-08 = $75,026,419.83
2008-09 = $80,892,854.43
2009-10 = $86,016,139.06
2010-11 = $91,945,643.68
(2) 2006-07 = 328,082
2007-08 = 328,441
2008-09 = 337,782
2009-10 = 344,883
2010-11 = 359,527
A vehicle registration can be renewed up to 12 months after the expiry date. There is no late fee applied to the renewal of a vehicle registration. Where a vehicle is registered after the registration has been expired more than 12 months it is classed as an establish registration transaction. Where the registration of a vehicle previously registered in the ACT is re-established there is an administrative fee of $38.90. The following number registrations have been re-established:
2006-07 = 1,904
2007-08 = 2,345
2008-09 = 2,421
2009-10 = 3,350
2010-11 = 6,071
(3) The cost of registering a vehicle in the ACT increases with the weight of the vehicle and depending on the weight of the vehicle, it will fall into a particular fee category. NSW also uses this system and the weight categories in the ACT align with those in NSW. Registration provides access to the road network and the registration fees go some way towards constructing and maintaining the road network as well as administering and operating the registration system.
The reason it costs more to register a larger, heavier vehicle is that a heavier vehicle typically imposes a greater wear and tear on road infrastructure than a smaller, lighter vehicle.