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ORV Registration Update


We have received a response from the Minister for Local Government, the Hon Tony Simpson MLA.   

In his response the Minister: 

  • Acknowledged that an administrative error at the Department of Transport resulted in the renewal notices being sent out prior to the new fees being published in the Government Gazette;  
  • Expressed regret that key stakeholders, including the RTRA were not notified in advance;  
  • Advised that the Department of Transport will be refunding the difference between the new and old fees to everyone who paid their registration prior to the gazettal;     
  • Confirmed that all fees paid will be credited to the 'Off-road Vehicles Account' to be used for activities that will support the safe use of off-road vehicles;  
  • Agreed with our complaints that a lack of bPay or credit card payment options was outdated and confirmed that he has asked the Department for Local Government to discuss the matter with the Department of Transport, with a view to updating them in line with current methods of payment. 

You can read the Minister's letter here.

As we mentioned in our earlier email, the RTRA's concerns are not so much about the price of ORV registration - more about the value that it delivers, the reasons for the increase, where the money is going and what it is being used for. We have consistently argued that the registration fees should go towards the improvement of ORV Areas and the identification, planning and development of new areas to cater for the increasing number of riders.

So we are encouraged by the Minister's response and we will continue to monitor the application of funds into and out of the Off-road Vehicles Account to ensure that riders get the best value possible for the registration fees they pay.

Registrations are due by September 30 and anyone who paid for a new registration or renewal prior to September 18 is entitled to a refund of $9 per registration.

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