'Set and forget': Rego bill payments a welcome change

RATS! My rego payments are due. 

Car registration is the hefty bill that no one wants to see sitting in the letterbox.   

Now the financial strain has been lifted...slightly.   

Queensland motorists will have the option of paying car registration quarterly, using direct debit. 

A new 'set and forget' direct debit system will come into place from July 1, allowing owners to pay their registration electronically in three-, six- or twelve-monthly instalments.

RACQ Executive Manager Public Policy Michael Roth said the move was a win for RACQ and all Queensland motorists.  

"As the state's peak motoring body, this is something we have been calling on the Queensland Government to provide for a long time," Mr Roth said.  

"The option of quarterly car registration payments through direct debit will go a long way to reducing pressure on the household budget for many families.  

Would you use direct debit to pay your rego bill in instalments?

This poll ended on 23 July 2015.

Current Results

Yes, it's better than getting one big bill once a year


No, I hate direct debit, I'd rather have my bill come in one lump sum


I can't drive, lucky me, no rego


This is not a scientific poll. The results reflect only the opinions of those who chose to participate.

"This, coupled with the fact that it's now easy for people to check online when their rego is due, is another safeguard for motorists worried about forgetting to pay on time now car labels have been phased out."  

As part of the introduction of this new option, the Queensland Government will also reduce the surcharge for six-monthly registration fees from July 1, 2015.


Additionally the Queensland Government is set to reduce the surcharge for six-monthly fees to $12.60, keeping it in line with the quarterly payment surcharge of $6.30.

Mr Roth said the new payment options were necessary in helping spread the financial burden of car registration costs, with Queensland still the most expensive state in the nation to own and operate a car.  

"That's why RACQ is continuing to call on the Palaszczuk Government to extend the current rego price freeze for another three years when the Budget is handed down in July," he said.    

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