The Victorian Automobile Chamber of Commerce (VACC) has received positive feedback from the major Victorian political parties in response to its call for the introduction of a six-month vehicle registration payment option.
In the lead-up to Saturday’s Victorian State Election, the ALP, Coalition and Greens all confirmed they would consider the proposal.
The VACC has campaigned for VicRoads to be allowed to offer Victorian motorists a payment option. Currently, only concession card holders can pay by installments.
Victoria is the only state not to offer all motorists the option to pay by installment.
ALP Minister for Roads and Ports, Tim Pallas, said it was an issue “we think increasingly is a matter that some thought should be given to”.
Liberal/National Coalition Transport spokesman, Terry Mulder, said he was “more than happy” to look at changes to the current regulations.
“I’d like to think that I could do something for people, particularly those who are affected, low-income earners,” Mr Mulder said.
Greens candidate Greg Barber said his party would support a six-month payment option for vehicle registration “provided any extra administrative costs do not jeopardise the current half-yearly option for concession card holders”.
VACC executive director, David Purchase, said he was encouraged by the comments, but continued to challenge the decision-makers.
“Why wait any longer? This could be introduced immediately as the infrastructure is in place and the proposal benefits motorists and small business owners,” Mr Purchase said.
“At over $600 per annum, vehicle registration and the TAC fees payable on the average family car are one of the largest Government levied charges in the household budget: a lump sum payment is a big hit to the hip pocket.
“And why should Victorians be disadvantaged?” he asked. “VACC calls on the next Victorian Government to introduce a six-month vehicle payment option.”