- New scheme to offer 75 per cent registration discount for classic vehicles registered to an approved club
- 'Concessions for Classics' scheme to stimulate business and jobs in automotive industry
- Scheme removes red tape for classic car owners that only drive occasionally
- WA's motoring culture celebrated through classic vehicle registration concessions
The McGowan Government is introducing a new quarter-price registration scheme to bring more classic cars out of the shed and onto the road.
The new 'Concessions for Classics' licensing scheme will remove restrictions that currently prevent modified classic vehicles and street rods from accessing licence concessions.
Under the new scheme, all car and motorcycle enthusiasts with a vehicle older than 30 years that are also registered to a Department of Transport approved club, will be eligible for the 75 per cent registration concession.
Feedback from local motoring clubs and custom vehicle owners suggested the old licensing arrangement discouraged vehicles that would otherwise be used for tourism events, exhibitions and special events from being registered at all.
Under 'Concessions for Classics', the annual registration discount would vary from vehicle to vehicle depending on specification. For example:
- A 1956 Holden FJ would drop from $748.90 to $167.35 a year;
- A 1970 Ford GT would drop from $839.40 to $169.20 a year;
- A 1929 Ford Roadster would drop from $721.20 to $139.65 a year; and
- A 1974 Holden Torana SLR would drop from $768.45 to $151.50 a year.
The Department of Transport is currently drafting regulation changes and upgrading systems to support the 'Concessions for Classics' scheme.
Part of this process will involve the Department of Transport meeting with stakeholders such as motoring clubs to discuss details such as registering a club and defining what constitutes a club event.
Drafting is proceeding as quickly as possible and the McGowan Government is aiming to have the new registration scheme available to owners in the second half of 2020.
Owners will be subject to a number of conditions such as identification labels, annual vehicle inspections and vehicle use being limited to attending club shows and events.
To stay updated, visit https://www.transport.wa.gov.au/licensing/concessions.asp and subscribe to receive emails in relation to the scheme.
Comments attributed to Transport Minister Rita Saffioti:
"Western Australians love their classic cars and motorcycles, resulting in a strong local motoring scene.
"Many local motoring enthusiasts also attend cruises, exhibitions and events that often attract tourists or raise funds for charities.
"It's clear that a large amount of classic vehicle enthusiasts are only using their pride and joy for special events such as cruises or shows - so it's unfair they should pay full registration.
"Our current registration system also prevents classic car owners from accessing registration concessions if modifications - even safety improvements - have been made to their vehicles.
"This new scheme will remove that red tape and encourage more owners to get their classic cars and bikes out to events.
"I have been approached by many classic vehicle owners who say the annual registration cost is too high for classic cars that are only used occasionally.
"We will now work with those owners to finalise the details of the policy.
"The more classic vehicles that are brought out of the shed to qualify for the scheme, the more flow-on benefits we will see in the local automotive industry."
Minister's office - 6552 5500