Making life easier for motorists

21 May 2014

Making life easier for motorists: licence and pink slip changes in NSW

Roads Minister Duncan Gay today announced changes to pink slips and licence renewal to make vehicle ownership easier for NSW drivers.

“Today we’ve announced two key changes, introducing 10-year drivers licences and extended validity of light vehicle safety inspection reports, or pink slips, in an effort to make life easier for car owners across the state,” Mr Gay said.

“It’s all about removing red tape to save people time and money.

“Currently all light vehicles, more than five years old require a pink slip in order to renew their registration.

“From the end of this year pink slips will be valid for six months rather than six weeks.

“This will give vehicle owners more flexibility to choose a convenient time for their annual vehicle safety inspection – they could even get it done when they get their regular service.

“This change will benefit more than three million vehicle owners across the state, so it’s great news.

“Extending the validity of these reports will deliver a cost and time benefit to customers, who require a pink slip.

“By the first quarter of next year, we’ll also be providing customers between the ages of 21 and 44, with the option of a 10-year driver licence.

“Motorists with a great driving record won’t have to make as many trips to a Roads and Maritime Services registry or Services NSW centre to get their licences renewed.

"There are also administrative and time costs, which the government is expected to save through this measure of more than $3 million per year.

“These common sense reforms are based on an Independent Pricing and Regulatory Tribunal review into licensing in this state requested by the NSW Government.

“They build on other NSW Government reforms to remove red tape and make life easier for NSW motorists.

“These include abolishing registration labels for light vehicles and online services like the NSW Rego App which has been downloaded by 176,000 customers to date for more than two million free rego checks and about 100,000 rego renewals,” Mr Gay said.

The changes do not affect registration requirements for light vehicles. For registration information visit

Media: Marie Scoutas 0467 739 976

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