Posted on 15. Jul, 2013 in News

The Napthine Government looks to have dumped key road safety messaging as it prepares to slug Victorian motorists renewing their licence with nearly $50 million in charges by partially scrapping a safe driver discount reward scheme, Shadow Minister for Roads, Luke Donnellan, said today.

Mr Donnellan said the Government will implement the changes tomorrow, July 16 to the VicRoads Safe Driver Scheme – introduced by the former Labor Government in 2006 – which rewards safe drivers with a 25 per cent discount on their licence renewal fees if they have not incurred demerit points or committed other road safety offences for a three year period.

Between January 2006 and February 2009 45.6 per cent of drivers (approximately 603,600 drivers)who renewed their licence received a discount on their licence fee.

“It is clear Mr Napthine’s recent song and dance about saving Victorian motorists $20 million by getting rid of registration stickers was to hide these Driver Reward Scheme changes which will cost motorists $48.7 million,” Mr Donnellan said.

“The Napthine Government is punishing safe responsible drivers by significantly slashing the eligibility requirements for the discount to only apply to those aged 26 and under.

“The Napthine Government’s road safety message and campaign is now not worth the paper it is written on as these changes send the wrong message and encouragement for motorists about the importance of road safety.

“The Napthine Government slug will significantly impact pensioners and new licence holders who apply for a 10 year licence won’t be eligible at all for the discount and this sends the wrong message about safe driving to all motorists.”

Mr Donnellan said TAC statistics show there has been a 47 per cent increase in the road toll among those aged over 60 in the past year.

“Mr Napthine’s changes will cost each motorist over the age of 26 an extra $61.50 for a 10 year licence renewal and $17.90 for a three year licence renewal and if you are 18-years-old and apply for a 10 year licence you will not be eligible for the discount,” he said.

“The Napthine Government has already slugged motorists with additional registration and licence fee increases and is likely to penalise pensioners, young and regional drivers with premium rises under proposed changes to the Transport Accident Commission.

“Mr Napthine seems hell bent on hitting Victorian motorists with fee and cost increases at every opportunity making it the highest taxing Government in recent history.”

Total fee rises under the Coalition Government in the 2013/14 Budget amount to $3.95 billion more than in the 2010/11 Budget, a growth of nearly 17 per cent and at a cost to each adult Victorian of $654.

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