Farewell to trusty rego stickers in Queensland
FOR me, the words "rego sticker" have come to mean a twice yearly exercise in remembering all the swear words I've ever learnt as I try to remove the old and attach the new one, usually in the most awkward corner of my car.
To execute properly it requires the focus of Mr Miyagi catching a fly with chopsticks and I'm the first to admit that I'm no Karate Kid.
That's why the State Government's announcement of the phasing out of vehicle registration stickers is a step forward.
Rego stickers have long been a necessary evil for motorists, and with numberplate recognition technology we've moved past the need for them.
An outdated and inefficient system is effectively being replaced by a modern one and saves $3.5 million a year - that's a win for motorists.
To compensate for the removal of the stickers, RACQ has pushed for a publicly available rego database, which is important for car dealers, mechanics and private citizens to be able to access information about a vehicle's registration to minimise the potential for fraud.
Combined with police vehicles being fitted with numberplate recognition technology, there's only positives in moving to a stickerless system.
As long as I don't have to spend any more days scraping off old stickers with a knife and smoothing bubbles out of the new ones, it works for me.