Car rego prices going up with Peter Wellington's support
VEHICLE registration price hikes have received the green light in Queensland Parliament, much to motorists' dismay.
The LNP tried to put the brakes on the planned 3.5% increase during two hours of parliamentary debate on Wednesday night.
The Opposition's push came despite its own plans for price rises if it was re-elected in January.
After two hours of debate, speaker Peter Wellington had to use his vote to break a tie and backed the rise.
He explained he did not support the Opposition's motion to halt the increase because the LNP had already pencilled it in its own budget.
During its time in power the LNP put a three-year freeze on registration cost hikes.
- APN NEWSDESK
Car registration: LNP will try to block any increases
THE Queensland Opposition will try and block rises to vehicle registration costs on Wednesday night.
Former LNP transport minister Scott Emerson has already put forward a disallowance motion in parliament to stop "unfair registration increase at twice the level of inflation".
"If Labor's 3.5% increase is allowed to proceed, it will be a step backwards and will return Queensland to being the most expensive state in Australia to own a car," Mr Emerson said outside of parliament.
The LNP put in place a three-year registration freeze during its time in power.
"Labor's price hikes will mean registration costs for four-cylinder cars will jump from $280.05 to $289.95, excluding insurance costs from 1 July 2015.
But Main Roads Minister Mark Bailey told parliament the LNP's 2014-15 budget showed the LNP planned to end the freeze this year.
"They included an increase in registration fees in their forward estimates not once but twice-in their budget and again in their mid-year fiscal and economic review," he said.
"As members would be aware, a 3.5% fee change will apply to registrations in Queensland in line with the government's indexation policy.
"It is important to note that from 1 July Queensland will remain the third cheapest state in Australia for medium four-cylinder family vehicles such as the Toyota Camry."
Mr Bailey said the government introduced an option to pay registration fees every three months to help struggling Queenslanders.
That is why we have introduced new payment schemes, including the option to pay registration fees every three months.
"The payment scheme will be available for cars, motorcycles and trailers, giving motorists the option of an all-in-one direct debit package," Mr Bailey said.
"This new scheme is one way of offering families options to manage their budgets and save.
"It makes sense to be able to roll registration into family budget planning without waiting for six or 12 month notices." - APN NEWSDESK
Car rego costs set to rise in Queensland
CAR registration costs are are going up, but drivers will be able to pay quarterly.
Transport Minister Mark Bailey confirmed the 3.5% increase in Parliament on Tuesday.
Registration of four-cylinder cars increases by about $12, six-cylinder vehicles by $17 and eight-cylinder cars by $23.
The LNP froze car registration during its term in office and says Labor has ushered in increases at twice the inflation rate.
But the Brisbane Times reported Mr Bailey said the LNP had no plans to continue the freeze beyond the 2014-15 year.
While the RACQ crowned Queensland the most expensive state to own a car, Mr Bailey said it remained the "third cheapest state in Australia for medium, four-cylinder family vehicles".
He said payment schemes, including the option to pay quarterly, were being introduced to help those "doing it tough".
The new registration fees come into effect at the start of the new financial year, at the same time a 3.5 per cent increase in the cost of driver's licence fees comes into place.