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    Another call has been made to rework New Zealands vehicle registration system.

    The annual vehicle licensing has been labelled a “giant revenue gathering device” as figures are released on the number of tickets issued.

    Labour associate spokesman for transport Phil Twyford said the system was out of control with 235,000 fines issued each year.
    Twyford said the system costs taxpayers $58 million to administer.

    The money could easily be paid with the Warrant of Fitness or an increase in fuel tax, saving the administration cost, he said.

    “It’s time to look at the whole system and consider whether or not we need at all to be requiring people to update their licence, and forgo a big wad of cash every year.”

    The Ministry of Transport and the NZ Transport Agency led a Vehicle Licensing Reform review in 2012.

    In its wake, changes were made to the Warrant of Fitness and Certificate of Fitness – but not to annual vehicle licensing.

    This was because the costs to implement them could not be justified.

    Most people paid their licensing fees, but many were slow to pay on time, the review found.

    Suggested changes included text and email reminders, late payment fees and “better targeted” penalties.

    A ministry fact sheet at the time said “annual vehicle licensing is mostly for revenue collection”.

    You can read the full story on Stuff.co.nz: https://www.stuff.co.nz/motoring/news/97705202/calls-to-get-rid-of-vehicle-licensing-and-its-235000-fines.

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