Rego stickers will become a thing of the past in Queensland.
Rego stickers will become a thing of the past in Queensland. Alistair Brightman

Farewell to trusty rego stickers in Queensland

FOR me, the words "rego sticker" have come to mean a twice yearly exercise in remembering all the swear words I've ever learnt as I try to remove the old and attach the new one, usually in the most awkward corner of my car.

To execute properly it requires the focus of Mr Miyagi catching a fly with chopsticks and I'm the first to admit that I'm no Karate Kid.

Joe Fitzgerald.
Joe Fitzgerald.

That's why the State Government's announcement of the phasing out of vehicle registration stickers is a step forward.

Rego stickers have long been a necessary evil for motorists, and with numberplate recognition technology we've moved past the need for them.

An outdated and inefficient system is effectively being replaced by a modern one and saves $3.5 million a year - that's a win for motorists.

To compensate for the removal of the stickers, RACQ has pushed for a publicly available rego database, which is important for car dealers, mechanics and private citizens to be able to access information about a vehicle's registration to minimise the potential for fraud. 

Combined with police vehicles being fitted with numberplate recognition technology, there's only positives in moving to a stickerless system.

As long as I don't have to spend any more days scraping off old stickers with a knife and smoothing bubbles out of the new ones, it works for me.


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