Concessions for Classics scheme roars into action

  • Concessions for Classics scheme now in effect for eligible vehicles
  • Scheme offers 75 per cent registration discount for classic vehicles registered to an approved club
  • Applies to street rods and vehicles manufactured prior to 1990
  • Aims to cut red tape and encourage more classic cars onto the roads
  • The McGowan Government’s Concessions for Classics scheme has roared into action today, cutting red tape and encouraging more classic cars, street rods and motorcycles onto our roads.

    The new Concessions for Classics scheme reduces licensing costs for eligible vehicles and allow 90 days of road use per annum.

    Participants will receive a 75 per cent reduction in their motor vehicle licence fee, provided the owner of the eligible vehicle is also a financial member of a Department of Transport (DoT) approved motoring club or the vehicle is owned by a DoT approved motoring club.

    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. 

    DoT approved motoring clubs will be required to maintain a record of vehicle use by their members for auditing and compliance with the scheme.

    The requirement to be a financial member of a DoT approved motoring club is a fundamental feature of all classic vehicle permit and conditional licensing schemes across Australia.

    It encourages club members and DoT approved motoring clubs to comply with their obligations under the relevant scheme and promotes community engagement and participation.

    The government has worked closely with local motoring clubs and custom vehicle owners to develop a scheme that balances the unique constraints of classic vehicle ownership with the cost of licensing.

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    As stated by Transport Minister Rita Saffioti:

    “I know how passionate classic car owners are about their vehicles.

    “The purpose of this scheme is to cut red tape and encourage more classic cars and hot rods out of the garage and onto our roads.

    “It will reduce the financial cost of owning a classic vehicle which often are only driven on the weekend or for events and encourage club membership, while stimulating spending in the automotive industries.

    “We’ve worked closely with car clubs to refine the details of the policy and I can’t wait to see more classic cars and hot rods roaring onto our highways.”

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