Beginning 1 Oct 2014, motorists were no longer required to display registration (‘rego’) stickers on their vehicles. This change was made by the government to align Queensland with the rest of the nation. The purpose was to save taxpayers up to $3.5 million a year in postage/printing costs.
The rego stickers are still unnecessary even if the rego has expired. Queensland police will enforce vehicle registration by automatic plate recognition technology such as Automatic Number Plate Recognition cameras.
But before you remove your rego stickers using favorite methods such as warm water and eucalyptus oil, it is important to consider the negative repercussions that arise from this change. People are creatures of habit, and the negative consequences of drivers failing to incorporate this new change can be financially crippling.
East Coast Injury Lawyers will guide you on why you should be careful of this new development.
Registration Notices Received in the Mail
Motorists will still receive their registration notices, along with payment option information and fee breakdowns, in the mail. But what happens if you change email addresses or move to a new home address altogether?
There is a good chance that you may not receive any reminders to register your vehicle (car, motorcycle, boat, etc.)
While this innocent mistake may seem relatively harmless, its effect can be life destroying from a legal perspective.
Many Insurance Policies Are Void without Rego
Failing to register your vehicle can lead to serious repercussions. Your vehicle will not be covered by insurance because not having a vehicle registered quite simply voids many insurance policies.
If that happens, you will not be covered by insurance as many insurance policies are void if your vehicle is not registered.
This is where the issue becomes scary. Read on…
The Nominal Defendant
For personal injury claims in Queensland, where an unregistered vehicle cases an accident and someone other than the driver is injured, there is a government body called the Nominal Defendant where the injured person can receive compensation. For example, let’s say that a family of three (let’s call them the Bruce Family) is driving down the Bruce Highway from Brisbane to Cairns on holiday. Along the way, they are rear ended by another vehicle owned by a fellow named ‘Brissy’. This vehicle is unregistered. So how does the Bruce Family get compensated for their injury where there is no registration and thus, no insurance? They would rely on the Nominal Defendant for the compensation they will require for their injuries, loss of employment, etc.
The Right of Recovery
The Nominal Defendant has a right of recovery from the driver and/or owner of an unregistered vehicle that causes an accident. In other words, if your vehicle is unregistered and you do not have insurance, you can be sued by the government to recover the money that has been paid out by the Nominal Defendant.
How This May Affect You
Taking our previous example from before, let’s say that Brissy, who hit the Bruce Family, is a drive in, drive out worker on his way to work in Mackay. The Bruce Family is injured substantially by the accident and the child becomes a quadriplegic as a result of the accident. The Bruce Family then makes a claim under the Nominal Defendant for millions of dollars in compensation. Of course, Brissy cannot afford to pay this amount. So when the Nominal Defendant goes after him to recover that amount, what do you think may happen to Brissy? Brissy may have his income garnished to pay for the damages to the Nominal Defendant and the injured person. He may also have to sell off his home in order to pay off these legal debts. If he has a family, Brissy’s ability to financially support them will be substantially hindered because of this accident.
Small Changes, Big Consequences
There is no ignorance of the law, and this is just a simple example of how a miniscule change in our road rules can adversely affect the legal rights of a driver. It is too easy for a person to forget their responsibility to rego their vehicles and the new law is merciless when it comes to accounting for human error. A driver should be careful to make sure they are given sufficient reminders to remember to register their vehicles.
When Should I Contact an Accredited Specialist in Personal Injury?
If your vehicle has been involved in an accident that lead to injury and the accident was caused by someone whose vehicle is unregistered or uninsured, then it is important that you contact a personal injury specialist today. There may be many questions that you would like addressed concerning your accident:
– How do I get compensation?
– Do I have a legal claim?
– What if I cannot find the driver? (e.g. hit and run accident)
– Do I get compensated for pain and suffering?
– What if I lose time off work?
An accredited specialist in personal injury will be able to address all of your questions with a no obligation, free case review. Take advantage of this opportunity to speak with a personal injury lawyer that can inform you of your legal rights to compensation as soon as possible because strict time limitations apply for your claim.
How East Coast Injury Lawyers Can Help
Our accredited specialists in personal injury are experienced in both plaintiff representation, as well as insurance defence and are professionally trained to give legal advice that suits your unique circumstances. They have worked with insurance companies and can anticipate both their legal arguments, as well as their approach to settling claims that can prevent a costly trial.
This may be an invaluable resource to increase your claim’s chances of being compensated within a reasonable time. If you would like more information on how we can assist you, do not hesitate to fill in our case review form right now so that we may get back to you as soon as possible.