Grey nomad wave expected after fees slashed for caravans

A WAVE of grey nomads could soon be hitting the highway after registration fees for caravans and camper trailers were slashed by the NSW Government.

Treasurer Dominic Perrottet and Minister for Roads, Maritime and Freight Melinda Pavey announced caravan owners will save nearly $500 after the government cut the price of registration by 40 per cent.

However, customers will still be required to pay the standard NSW registration fees including the annual fee of $65.

"The motor vehicle tax is part of the cost associated with registering a vehicle in NSW, but eligible caravan owners will now benefit from a reduction," Mr Perrottet said.

"Not only will this put money back into hip pockets, it will encourage more people to travel and do business in NSW."

Minister Pavey said the savings will be a major boost for grey nomads planning their next trip.

"These are big numbers and huge savings," Mrs Pavey said. "The change will apply to towed caravans and purpose-built camper trailers weighing up to 4.5 tonnes, putting a saving of up to $471 back into the pockets of hard working families."

KEY POINTS

  • 120,000 caravaners to benefit from the reduction;
  • Savings range from $46 to $471;
  • The 40 per cent reduction applies to privately-owned towed caravans and purposed-built camper trailers, weighing 255kg to 4.5 tonne;
  • A pensioner that elects to have free registration for a vehicle other than their caravan or camper trailer, is still be eligible for the 40 per cent discount.