Paul Klease from Andersons Auto City, Gladstone.
Paul Klease from Andersons Auto City, Gladstone. Brenda Strong

Smart licence fee hike

AS the cost of living continues to skyrocket yet another expense is about to jump – licences will more than double.

Next year there are plans for the State Government to introduce the new “smart” licence which will in turn raise the five-year renewal fee from $73.30 to $152.50.

Reactions to the new fees are mixed, as people try to get their heads around the new laws.

Local car dealer for Anderson’s Auto City and family man, Paul Klease said he isn’t all that bothered by the increase.

“I don’t know if it will affect me or my industry greatly – everyone will have to get use to the change,” Mr Klease said.

“A licence is a given.

“I just hope that the money raised goes back into the community for road safety and used to educate young drivers. I would like to see the benefits from this increase.”

On the business side of things Mr Klease isn’t worried about it affecting car sales in the area.

“Though it will affect the cost of living, people need a licence and car sales are more affected by the restrictions on the P-platers.”

Shadow Minister for Main Roads and Transport, Fiona Simpson said it was just another increase that Queenslanders would have to front.

“This increase is yet another rise in the cost of living for families and businesses who are already struggling with the multitude of increased taxes, charges and fees this (Bligh Labor) government has created,” Ms Simpson said.

“It comes on top of further registration increases, higher tolls, fares and higher petrol prices since the introduction of the fuel tax.”

For more information go to http://www.qld.gov.au/about/driving-and-transport.



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