Grey nomads with caravans registered in the ACT will be awaiting the results of next Saturday’s election with significantly greater interest than normal.
In a last-ditch pitch to attract the baby boomer vote, the sitting Labor Government has just promised to halve the registration fees for caravans and trailers, saving some owners more than $600 annually.
The Canberra Times reports that the nation’s capital has always been recognised as by far the most expensive place in the country to register a recreational vehicle, and some travellers have been tempted to register RVs in other states as a result.
Chief Minister Andrew Barr has said that, if re-elected, the ACT charges would be aligned with NSW registration fees.
“These new measures will not only simplify how registrations work by harmonising with our larger neighbour, they will also save caravan owners a significant amount across all caravan and trailer weight classes,” he said. “It currently costs $1280 a year to register a caravan with a tare weight of 2505 – 2795 kilos in the ACT – this would drop to $640 per annum.”
However, motorhome and campervan owners will be disappointed that the move does not mention changes to self-propelled vehicles.
The Canberra Times says the ACT caravan rego charges have been about double most states and would return to near the national average if the changes were made post-election.
Many long-term interstate travelling grey nomads are constantly frustrated by the differing state systems and requirements. There have previously been calls for a federal driving licence and a standard nationwide vehicle registration system.
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