Hi Lifehacker, Do you think I should contest a fine for driving an unregistered vehicle? I recently moved into a new house and never received a renewal notice (we don’t have the sticker system in South Australia). I paid my rego once I realised, but by then a fine for $404 for driving an unregistered vehicle had already been imposed.
I rang to question the fine and they told me both the renewal and reminder notices are courtesy notices only and it is my responsibility to keep track of the rego expiry date. Have I got any chance of challenging this? And how can I reasonably keep track of my rego without the stickers or renewal notice? Thanks, Registered Offender
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I don’t fancy your chances here. As the authority that issued the notice pointed out, it is solely the driver’s responsibility to maintain their vehicle licence. You’re also supposed to update your vehicle registration and licence details within 14 days of changing your address. Claiming that you never received a reminder in the post isn’t a valid excuse — it’s basically the driving equivalent of saying the dog ate your homework.
When you consider the potential seriousness of the offence, a $404 fine actually isn’t too bad. Imagine if you’d caused an accident while driving your unregistered car — your compulsory third party insurance would have been invalid, which means you’d be personally liable for any injuries caused. Instead of grumbling about the fine, you should be thanking your lucky stars.
As to how to keep track of when your rego is due, the simplest solution is to set up a reminder on Google Calendar. You can do this directly from the Google Search Bar. You can also check your registration expiry date via the SA Government’s EzyReg mobile app or by calling 1300 133 776.
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