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Monday, 15 July 2013

NAPTHINE/RYAN TO SLUG MOTORISTS ANOTHER $50M IN FEES

Responsible safe central Victorian motorists will be slugged extra costs when renewing their licence today (16th July) as the Napthine Government slashes a safe driver reward scheme penalising drivers $50 million, Bendigo State Members of Parliament. Jacinta Allan and Maree Edwards said today.

Ms Allan said the Napthine/Ryan Government would make significant changes to the VicRoads Safe Driver Scheme – introduced by the former Labor Government in 2006 – which rewards safe drivers with a 25 per cent discount on their licence renewal fees if they have not incurred demerit points or committed other road safety offences.

Ms Allan said between January 2006 and February 2009 45.6 per cent of Victorian drivers (approximately 603,600) who renewed their licence received a discount on their licence fee.

“Mr Napthine last week claimed Victorian motorists would save $20 million by getting rid of registration stickers, but days later he is hitting them with a $48.7 million bill with these changes to the Driver Reward Scheme,” Ms Allan said.

“The Napthine Government is punishing safe responsible drivers in Central Victoria by significantly slashing the eligibility requirements for the discount to those aged 26 and under only.

“The Napthine Government’s road safety message and campaign is now not worth the paper it is written on as these changes send the wrong message and encouragement for Central Victoria drivers about the importance of road safety.

 “The Napthine/Ryan Government slug will significantly impact Central Victoria pensioners and new licence holders who apply for a 10 year licence won’t be eligible at all for the discount and this sends the wrong message about safe driving to all motorists.”

Ms Edwards said Transport Accident Commission statistics show there has been a 47 per cent increase in the road toll among those aged over 60 in the past year.

“Mr Napthine’s and Mr Ryan’s changes will cost each Central Victoria motorist aged over 26 an extra $61.50 for a 10 year licence renewal and $17.90 for a three year licence renewal,” Ms Edwards said.

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