Car rego for mother of nine will cost more than her car

Maroochydore resident Tracy Jessop with her son Aaron Jessop, 9, supports RACQ'S call to freeze registration fees for the next three years.
Maroochydore resident Tracy Jessop with her son Aaron Jessop, 9, supports RACQ'S call to freeze registration fees for the next three years. Brett Wortman

IT WILL cost mother-of-nine Tracy Jessop more to register her first car than it did to buy it.

That cost is the basis of her support for pressure being put on the State Government to freeze registration costs for a further three years.

Ms Jessop, 42, recently bought a 1983 Ford Laser from an elderly woman in her Maroochydore street for $350.

Registering the four-cylinder car, with compulsory third party insurance, will cost about $650.

A change in Ms Jessop's circumstances about six months ago motivated her to learn how to drive. It is exciting for her but the pensioner is dreading the costs associated.

"I hope they keep it affordable for everybody because not everybody has the luxury of working to have the money to pay for registration and licensing," Ms Jessop said.

RACQ executive general manager for advocacy Paul Turner has called on the government to commit to keeping registration charges at 2011 prices.

"We take our responsibility to Queenslanders very seriously, and are making sure they have a voice," Mr Turner said.

"That means ongoing relief from rego price rises, and a commitment from the Palaszczuk government that infrastructure spending will not be sacrificed as part of any Budget reprioritisation.

"Queensland needs strong investment in transport infrastructure to improve safety, reduce congestion and bring economic benefits for our state through job creation."

"It is worth remembering the rego hikes under the former Labor government which resulted in a 30 per cent increase over four years made Queensland the most expensive state to register a car," Ms Simpson said.

RACQ executive manager of public policy Michael Roth said when looking at registration fees alone, Queensland was clearly the most expensive and the prices of other states increased with higher compulsory third party insurance rates.

Member for Noosa Glen Elmes said freezing registration fees for a further three years would have an effect on the Budget position.

"The cost of road rehabilitation work during the period 2010-11, 2011-12, 2012-13 cyclones and floods was $6.923 billion for the state," Mr Elmes said. "I do not have the current figures for the cost of repairs during 2014 period to date following further major damage from similar events but it would be substantial."

Member for Nicklin Peter Wellington understood the Budget would be brought down on July 14.

"I would hope there is no increase in the cost of registration fees, which would add to the cost of living for Queenslanders," Mr Wellington said.

Transport Minister Jackie Trad's office has been contacted for comment.


 Revenue generated from the registration goes to the whole-of-government consolidated fund.

 This revenue is used in the state budget funding allocations for State Government initiatives, which include the construction and maintenance of the state's road network.

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