The Australian Caravan Club (ACC) has welcomed news of a 40 per cent reduction in the motor vehicle tax on caravans and camper trailers in New South Wales, but cautions that high registration fees are not the only issue affecting caravanners in that state.
The caravan registration reduction announcement was made on June 9 by New South Wales treasurer Dominic Perrottet. It applies to private owners of caravans and camper trailers that weigh up to 4.5 tonnes, and comes into effect on November 1.
ACC chairman Craig Humphrey said that the caravan registration reduction would be appreciated by families, pensioners and self-funded retirees.
“Our club also acknowledges that New South Wales has some of the most generous registration provisions for pensioners in any state. Anyone even on a part pension receives free registration for one vehicle each year.
“However, our club questions what the New South Wales government is doing to align the state with other states such as Victoria when it comes to setting registration fees on caravans and camper trailers.
“Compared to other states, the New South Wales registration fee for private caravan owners is over-priced, placing an unfair burden on caravanners.”
Mr Humphrey believes the New South Wales Government also needs to focus on improving the number of roadside rest areas as well as the allocated space available in rest areas for RVs.
“We have truckies and RVers vying for space in rest areas. Some of the angst that is arising between truckies and vanners at rest stops is the result of inadequate space and number of rest areas currently available for RVers along New South Wales highways.
“While RVers acknowledge that truckies operate on a time schedule and must have regulatory rest stops, RVers too need fatigue management.
“If the New South Wales Government is serious about helping caravanners, then they need to improve the availability and size of roadside rest areas to accommodate the travelling RVer for overnight stays and fatigue management.”