Breck Scott-Young has had to pay eight times more to register his caravan in NSW than he would if living in Victoria. Picture: TARA GOONANPEOPLE wanting to register caravans in NSW will have to pay about eight times more than Victorians, even those living on the Border.
East Albury resident Breck Scott-Young was shocked when he recently went to register his caravan at a cost of $451.
After researching other states, he discovered registration only cost $54 in Victoria.
“I’m a stone’s throw away from the Murray River,” he said.
Mr Scott-Young said he felt people were being penalised for living in NSW.
His main concern, however, was that registration costs targeted people who were unable to afford it.
“A large proportion of people who own caravans are grey nomads and pensioners,” he said.
“But they are probably the ones who can least afford the charge and are getting slugged by the government.
“It’s just totally wrong.”
Mr Scott-Young said the cost of registration increased if the caravan weighed more than 2.5tonnes, but Victoria’s cost remained at $54 unless it weighed more than 4.5 tonnes.
The cost of caravan registration is $90 in South Australia, $102 in Western Australia and $182 in Queensland.
Member for Albury Greg Aplin said there had always been differences in registration costs between the states and the issue was under review.
“We have raised this issue on behalf of people living on the Border because they notice the comparison,” he said.
Mr Aplin said the reason for the heightened cost was because there was more wear and tear on NSW roads.
“There is far more maintenance and cost on the roads in NSW than those in smaller states,” he said.
“The network of roads is much larger than it is in Victoria.”
Mr Aplin said the issue went under review after it was noticed people living in NSW looked for opportunities to register across the Border.
“We want people to register where they are living,” Mr Aplin said.
A Roads and Maritime Services spokeswoman said to help customers manage costs, they had three and six-month registrations available.
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