SA abolishes heavy vehicle registration labels

End date comes with new payment schemes and inspection requirements

SA abolishes heavy vehicle registration labels
Registration labels will be no longer be required from November 1 in SA.


Registration labels are about to be a thing of the past in South Australia with the state confirming it is moving to a new system for heavy vehicles from November 1.

Affecting all vehicles and trailers with a GVM over 4.5 tonnes not part of the Federal Interstate Registration Scheme (FIRS), the move will bring approximately 86,000 heavy vehicles in line with the change made for light vehicles in mid-2011.

Describing the decision as primarily a red tape reduction, the South Australian Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure says customers will use the EzyReg system into the future.

"The Regulations currently require a registration label to be affixed to a vehicle within 30 days of registration payment however many large vehicle fleets are frequently on the road, often interstate, and find it difficult to comply with this requirement," the department says.

"The EzyReg website and mobile app enables anyone to check a vehicle’s registration details including configuration and expiry date.

"Registered operators can subscribe to SMS and email reminders to receive registration renewal alerts. Registration certificates will continue to be posted to the registered operator’s address with full vehicle configuration details which can be retained in the vehicle for quick reference."

The change, which also affects special purpose vehicles with an unladen mass or GVM greater than 4.5 tonnes, will open the door for month-to-month rather than annual registration payments.

As part of the change comes a new regulatory component for those selling or purchasing a heavy vehicle in South Australia.

From November, all vehicles and trailers with a GVM of over 4.5 tonnes and an age of three years or over from the date of manufacture will need an inspection prior to being registered in the state under a new owner’s name.

Western Australia and Tasmania have already made the change from physical labels with other states are expected to follow in the near future as all have agreed to remove the labels by mid-2018.

Information on the Heavy Vehicle Inspection Scheme (HVIS) can be read here.

EzyReg details can be found here

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