Changes to make life easier for NSW drivers

Roads Minister Duncan Gay has announced changes to pink slips and licence renewal to make vehicle ownership easier for NSW drivers.

Mr Gay said the introduction of 10-year driver's licences, and the extension of pink slip validity from six weeks to six months, is about removing red tape to save people time and money.

“Currently all light vehicles, more than five years old, require a pink slip in order to renew their registration," he said.

“From the end of this year, pink slips will be valid for six months rather than six weeks.

“This will give vehicle owners more flexibility to choose a convenient time for their annual vehicle safety inspection – they could even get it done when they get their regular service.

“This change will benefit more than three million vehicle owners across the state, so it’s great news.

“By the first quarter of next year, we’ll also be providing customers between the ages of 21 and 44, with the option of a 10-year driver's licence.

“Motorists with a great driving record won’t have to make as many trips to a Roads and Maritime Services registry or Services NSW centre to get their licences renewed.

“There are also administrative and time costs, which the government is expected to save through this measure of more than $3million per year."

Mr Gay described the changes as "common sense reforms", and said they are based on the results of an Independent Pricing and Regulatory Tribunal review into licensing, requested by the NSW Government.

He said the reforms follow on from other initiatives, including the abolishment of registration labels for light vehicles, and the creation of online services like the NSW Rego App.

The app has been downloaded by 176,000 customers to date, and used for over two million registration checks and around 100,000 renewals.

The changes do not affect registration requirements for light vehicles.

For registration information, visit the RMS website.

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