Motorists hit with $27m in late registration fees

Almost 600,000 motorists in Queensland will have been hit with late vehicle registration payment fees by the end of the financial year, it has been revealed.

According to the Courier Mail, the record number of defaults – which will amount to a collective bill of nearly $27 million in fees – reflects Queenslanders’ growing struggle to deal with the rising cost of living in the state.

These include recent hikes in electricity rates and drivers’ licence fees as well as an imminent rise in water costs which is expected to add $100 a year to the average bill, the newspaper said.

Commenting on the fees, transport minister Rachel Nolan said: "Registration is a vital part of Queensland’s transport system.

"It ensures accurate and secure vehicle records are kept."

Rising costs and financial pressures may encourage more Australians to compare car insurance in search of better deals. Last week, the Queensland government announced a $24 cut to the state’s compulsory third-party car insurance fee, though motoring group RACQ claimed it was simply a "backhander" for motorists already paying high car registration fees.

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