The South Australian Government has signaled that from mid-year 2011 vehicle registration labels will be a thing of the past. With number plate recognition software continually monitoring police car and fixed roadside cameras, they think they can save some money – perhaps even raise more revenue given that folk will not have an ever-present reminder on their windscreen to pay in time?
Much as I find it tedious to scrape off old stickers, I value their usefulness to me as a reminder and when assessing a prospective vehicle purchase. Countless crooks will see this as a marvelous business opportunity to hive off stolen and re-birthed vehicles in this state as counterfeit registration papers only would be needed.
The principle of having multiple bases for cross-checking ID would be undermined. Furthermore, the validity of number plates based on visual inspection alone should not be relied on. Embedded & encrypted transponders are not yet built into every numberplate and should be – nationwide!