Drivers shouldn’t pay when they can’t use the roads

The Liberal Nationals are calling on the Andrews Labor Government to give car owners a break by extending all vehicle registrations in Metropolitan Melbourne who are housebound due to Stage 4 restrictions. If lockdown goes for six weeks, it would save the average household with two cars $182.

Many families aren’t using their cars at all because of the tough rules in place due to the hotel quarantine second wave. If they do go out, it’s only for trips of up to five kilometres for essential reasons.

Daniel Andrews and his Minister for Roads, Ben Carroll, have been silent when it comes to support for Victorians paying the Government for a product they can’t use.

Extending registration for vehicles in Metro Melbourne for the equivalent time of the Stage 4 restrictions would offer welcome relief for many struggling in the community.

With the removal of registration stickers in Victoria this requirement would only require a change in the date of expiry for all vehicles registered at addresses in Metropolitan Melbourne.

Comments attributable to Shadow Minister for Roads (Metropolitan), Brad Battin:

“The Andrews Labor Government continues to charge registration to thousands across Metropolitan Melbourne who are forced to stay home due to the hotel quarantine fiasco.

“We all know it is Daniel Andrews’ botched hotel quarantine that has seen Stage 4 imposed on all in Metropolitan Melbourne. The least he can do is extend their registrations for a period of at least six weeks.

“Registrations are computerised, it’s an easy change to make and the Liberal Nationals are calling on Daniel Andrews to implement this relief immediately.

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