Key vehicle registration changes come into effect

Sunday 7 December 2014

Minister for Roads and Freight Duncan Gay today announced two important changes to NSW vehicle registration, which would make life easier for NSW motorists, particularly older members of our community had now come into effect.

Mr Gay said the changes included extending the time light vehicle safety inspection reports, or pink slips, would be valid and improving the registration system for pensioners to make it simpler and more accessible.

“Today, I’m pleased to announce the NSW Liberals and Nationals Government has delivered even more sensible reforms to cut time and money when registering vehicles in NSW,” Mr Gay said.

“Now, getting a vehicle safety inspection report or pink slip will be much easier with the validity of vehicle safety inspection reports extended from six weeks to six months.

“In NSW, light vehicles more than five years old need a pink slip before registration can be renewed to ensure safety of the vehicle.

“Extending the time pink slips can be used to six months, means motorists have more flexibility to choose a convenient time for their annual safety inspection and possibly even tie it in with a regular service.

“In May we said this change would be in place by December and I am pleased we have delivered on time for the convenience of the people of NSW

“We’ve also removed unnecessary registration renewal steps for pensioners by developing an automatic renewal system.

“The previous system required pensioners to contact Roads and Maritime to obtain a receipt number to validate their registration concession and thus finalise registration.

“Now, pensioner registration renewal, including concession validation will be automatically updated once inspection and insurance confirmation is received.

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"This means eligible pensioners do not need to go online, call the contact centre, or visit a registry or service centre to renew their registration – it will automatically happen.

“On top of this, for pensioners with vehicles under five years old the system will be even easier as a safety inspection will not be needed.

“This is a sensible change and great news for pensioners, who can take comfort knowing their car registration will be finalised quickly with less chance of any steps being missed.

“Pensioners can also ensure their vehicle registration has been finalized by checking their registration status for free at

“We’ll ensure the community know about these changes by providing detailed information in registration renewal notices,” Mr Gay said.

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MEDIA: Siobhan McCarthy 0407 791 802

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