Rego relief for drivers

FLOOD-affected drivers will have one less worry if they are unable to access their local transport and main roads centre.

Transport and Main Roads Minister Scott Emerson said a series of emergency exemptions would be put in place for those affected by last week's floods.

"These are exceptional circumstances and I understand many people are doing it really tough right now," Mr Emerson said.

"These measures will assist those whose focus is currently on re-building their lives."

The measures include:

  • Short-term three-month registration periods to assist with cash flow,
  • Exemptions from the administration fee for the late payment of registrations,
  • Replacement of lost driver licences at no charge.

Mr Emerson said similar conditions provided welcome relief for motorists following the 2011 floods.

"Help is there for those who need it, but I must stress these measures do not make it legal to drive an unregistered vehicle or drive while unlicensed.

"This emergency relief will allow drivers who are isolated by flood waters or have no phone and web access to complete their transactions at a time in which it is safe to do so."

Transport Customer Service Centres at Sherwood, Gympie, Maryborough and Hervey Bay had reopened after sustaining damage or being without power, he said.

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