CARAVAN OWNERS STILL SLUGGED HIGH FEES TWO YEARS AFTER PROMISED CUT
The Government has failed to keep a 2014 promise that it would reduce the cost of registering a caravan in NSW with Minister for Roads Duncan Gay yet to live up to his commitment.
At the time it costs $449 to register a caravan over 2.5 tonnes in NSW compared to approximately $175 in Queensland and less than $50 in Victoria. Since then costs have not gone down.
The promise was made in June 2014 and followed up again by the Labor Opposition in May 2015 where Mr Gay said the cost reduction would take place “damn soon.
A 2014 Transport for NSW report acknowledged that “improvements can be made” to registration charges and proposed fees for all light trailers and caravans that currently pay weight tax.
Quotes attributable to Shadow Minister for the Central Coast David Harris
“Caravan owners across the Central Coast shouldn’t be forced to pay more than double their neighbours in Queensland pay and eight times what their Victorian neighbours are charged.
“Caravan holidays are an affordable way for hundreds of families across NSW to take a break and relax with loved ones.
“Caravanning should be made as affordable as possible so hard working families and retirees can keep doing what they love.
“There’s no reason why people in NSW should be paying more than those in other states.”
Quotes attributable to Member for Swansea Yasmin Catley MP
“Tourism on the Central Coast is an important part of the local economy, and ensuring that people can afford to take a well-deserved break and travel to the Coast is crucial.
“The Minister needs to fulfil this election promise as soon as possible.