Registration fee scheme altered

The State Government is expanding the conditional registration scheme and delivering a grant program to support historic and classic car clubs across the state, in a big win for motoring enthusiasts and classic car lovers.

From July 1, owners of historic or left-hand drive vehicles 25 years or older can access reduced car registration fees under the conditional registration scheme. Previously, vehicles had to be 30 years or older.

Treasurer Stephen Mulligan said it was great news for historic vehicle owners, with more South Australians now eligible for cheaper car registration as the scheme expands to include vehicles manufactured before 1997, rather than before 1992 under the previous restriction.

“As these vehicles are not the typical everyday drive for motor enthusiasts, the scheme provides an exemption from registration charges, as well as a discount on third party insurance and reduced emergency services and lifetime support scheme levies,” he said.

“The scheme delivers great savings for historic and left-hand drive vehicle owners, with the average 12-month registration cost of $85, an approximate saving of $600 as compared to full registration fees.

“To be eligible, owners must be a financial member of an approved motor vehicle club, keep a log of each trip and not hire out or be paid a fee for the use of the vehicle.

“The scheme allows owners to drive their historic vehicle within South Australia up to 90 days during any 12-month registration period, providing ample opportunity for leisurely drives and exhibition at classic car events and festivals.

“Support also extends to car clubs across the state, with the first round of funding under a new $2m grant program to open later this year to assist clubs with operating costs.”

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